Stars and Stripes stripes.com 30 Dec, 2020 04:45 am

Japan says good riddance to a pandemic year in coronavirus style

Japan says good riddance to a pandemic year in coronavirus style
New Year’s Eve festivities will look a bit different in Japan this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, which is setting record case numbers in places like Tokyo.

Japan says good riddance to a pandemic year in coronavirus style A common New Year's tradition in Japan is to purchase talisman called omamor, to welcome success and happiness in the new year.New Year’s Eve festivities will look a bit different in Japan this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, which is setting record case numbers in places like Tokyo.Here are some ways to ring in the Year of the Ox in Japan safely: Visit a shrine It is customary in Japan to visit a shrine or temple at midnight on New Year’s Eve or during New Year’s Day, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.Many people go with their families to pay respects to the gods for getting them through the year safely and pray for health, financial stability, love and strong family bonds in the new year, the website says.

Go Lucky Bag shopping Lucky Bags, or fukubukoro, are another New Year’s tradition unique to Japan, according to The Japan Times.Dress in warm layers, grab a hiking companion and take a walk to see the first sunrise of the new year from destinations such as Mount Mitake and Mount Takao, west of Tokyo, or Mount Mitsutoge, near Mount Fuji.

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