Japan’s New Year’s Decorations

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I really like Japan’s elaborated New Year’s tradition. There are so many details, symbols, things to do, things to eat… If you don’t have the chance to celebrate with a Japanese family, you can still see the shimekazari (しめ飾り) or shimenawa (しめ縄) hanging outside many doors, as well as kadomatsu (門松) at the entrance of many buildings. The kadomatsu can be anything from a simple pine branch to an elaborated decoration made with bamboo. The biggest ones are most likely seen in front of big companies’ buildings.

Shimekazari

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Kadomatsu

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Happy New Year Posters

These can be found on closed stores doors as well as on regular houses. Most of them are given by the city.

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Some Use More Than One…

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And Some Use It On Their Car !

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