Joya no Kane

Did You Miss New Year in Japan? A Guide to Spending Your Next New Year in Nara

2016 is already here, and yet it’s never too late to take a look at the Japanese way of spending the night between years, and the first day of the new year. And what better place to explore the oshougatsu (お正月) practices, than the old capital, Nara. If you’re looking to spend the New Year…

Joya no Kane: Ring in New Year’s the Spiritual Japanese Way

Along with the coming of the new year, people are making preparations here and there and in other countries, people are now putting up Christmas decorations in their houses, schools and offices. While in Japan, Christmas is traditionally not a celebrated event due to the differences in religion. However, the new year here is what…