The New Year is one of the most important holidays for the Japanese. There are many traditional customes and things relating to the New Year.
1) SHIMEKAZARI:People decorate the entrances of their homes with shimekazari during the New Year seasn to ward off evil sprits.
2)KADOMATSU:a pair of pine decorations which are place ihn front of the gates of a residence from January 1st to 7th.
3)OSECHI: Specially prepared New Year's dishes to be eaten during the first three days of January, which is in order that women don't have to cook during that priod.
4)KAGAMIMOCHI: sets of two round flat rice cakes, in which a smaller one is placed on top of a larger one. Japanese orange is placed on the top.
5)Nengajyo: a New Year's greeting postcard. The official New Year's postcard is printed with a lottery number at the bottom of the address side.
6)OTOSHIDAMA: New Year's monetary gift presented to children.
7)HATSUMOUDE: the first visit of the year to a shrine or temple at the New Year's.