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Happy New Year

“Happy New Year” is “Akemashite Omedetō Gozaimasu” (あけまして おめでとう ございます) in Japanese.

大晦日 – New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is called “Ōmisoka (大晦日)” in Japanese.  Through the ages Japanese people have believed that the Shinto God, Toshigami will …

年賀状 – New Year Card

Instead of Christmas cards, we Japanese people exchange New Year Cards, or Nengajo. Unlike Christmas cards, these are postcards. You can mail …

おせち料理 – Osechi

Osechi is a collection of traditional Japanese New Year foods. What goes in Osechi varies from household to household and from region …

3-Gatsu no Lion

3-gatsu no lion (English title: March Comes in like a Lion) is a new anime now playing on Japanese TV. (Currently at …

節分 – Setsubun

Setsubun is the day before a new season starts.  According to the Japanese calendar setsubun for Spring 2017 is the February 3rd. …

2016 Anime Top 5

This year is almost over.  So I’d like to share with you some popular anime released in 2016.  According to the Japanese …

ゴジラ – Godzilla

In 1954, Toho Production Company made the first Godzilla movie, and since then Toho has made 28 more Godzilla films.  As I …

年神 – Toshigami

Toshigami is a Shinto God that Japanese people believe visits each household on New Year’s Day to bring blessings.  We usually speak …