We don’t do much for Christmas, and in fact, we don’t even get off of work for it.
But we’ll have between 1 to 2 weeks of vacation during the New Year.
This time of year, traditionally, we decorate with mochi, a sticky rice cake.
This holiday is important for families,
and most people will spend it with their parents.
Osechi is made of many small portions of various foods that are each considered good luck.
御節料理裡有各種食物 每種分量都不多 但都具有幸運的含意
On New Year’s Day, shrines and temples will be very busy.
This year, our shrine was so busy that the line to pray curved around half the shrine’s perimeter. 神殿今年特別熱鬧 等待祈禱的人大排長龍 隊伍繞了整整半圈神殿呢
Many people also travel and visit their relatives with their families.
This year, Rachel and I went with my family to visit my aunt and uncle
Another part of New Year is cards that you buy at the post office called nengajou.
the Japanese postal system works incredibly hard and attempts to deliver every single one on January 1st.
It may not sound as fun as Christmas since we don’t get presents,
but kids actually get something called otoshidama, 不過小孩們會收到「お年玉」
but now that I am an adult, I don’t get it anymore.
If my sister has kids one day, I’ll have to give them otoshidama
So I hope she never gets married. 希望她不要結婚(笑)