Blessed 2021 !
“Shogatsu” or New year’s day, is one of the most significant holidays (lasting 3 days) in the land of the rising sun.
The 1st day begins in joyous spirit watching the first sunrise “hatsu-hinode” and is celebrated with traditions of visiting a shrine.
All sorts of special delectable dishes are also savoured during this auspicious occasion such as “osechi ryori”,”otoso” (sweetened rice wine), “ozoni” (mochi soup) and longevity “toshikoshi” buckwheat soba.
Homes are cleaned,
While entrances are decorated,
With pine, bamboo and plum tree ornaments
While #Bonenkai parties awaken,
In the hopes and spirit of 2021.