Shogatsu: How Japanese Ring in the New Year!

One of the most important holidays in Japan is Shogatsu (also called “Oshogatsu”), the celebration of the New Year that takes place over the course of the first few days of January. It is one of the few times of the year that almost everyone has a holiday, and as such, many businesses are also closed. The reason for this is that Shogatsu is the time when it’s customary for families to gather.

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