Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hatumoude & Otoshidama (year end & new year tradition part3)

New Year's visit to a shrine (Hatumoude)
We visit shrine on the first, second, or third day of the year to wish for the peace and health of the year. And new omamori (charms or amulets) are bought, and the old ones are returned to the shrine so they can be burned. I bought some for us.
(you might notice from my pictures that ladies no longer wear kimono like we used to do during this season, my mom used to spruce up wearing them and I learned how to wear it from her)

*To the loacal shrine (you can see the long line and hubby)
getting closer to the main shrine
You can see the other pictures at shrine from pc here
(the little girl on the left wearing kimono)

There are some kinds of stalls (buns shaped like fish stuffed with sweet beans, candies, etc)   We gave the candy next-neighbour's kids with New Year's gift money


*New Year's gift money for kids 
Otoshidama is a Japanese custom in which adult give children money over the New Year's holiday when people visit neighbors, and relatives between January 1-3. 
Bills are folded into three sections and put into small envelopes like these, then handed to the children of close friends as well.
Usually kids are really looking forward to getting some spending money. Sure was happy and exciting new year days when young,

Oshougatu (1st~3rd) is the most festive and family gathering season in Japan.
New Year  is always busy for me (or every housewife in Japan); making dishes and entertaining (? p;) guests and so on.
I hope you all had the joyous beginning of new 2012, friends♪♪♪

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