In Japan, there are thousands of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples located throughout the nation, and we Japanese often visit them to purify ourselves on various occasions, such as birth, marriage, traditional 7-5-3 celebrations or during Oshogatsu New Year Days.
As Japan starts to enter the holiday season, you’ll notice many of the country’s parks buildings and gardens are set ablaze with brilliant and elaborate illumination displays to help ring in the holiday spirit.
Capt. David Adams, Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo stands to be recognized during the annual Sasebo City Fire Department Dezome-shiki Ceremony held at Arkas Event Hall in Sasebo, Japan Jan. 6, 2022.
Traditionally all the dishes that make up the osechi panoply are precooked and put into special four-tiered lacquerware boxes called jubako by New Year’s Eve. New Year’s festivities run from January 1 to 3.
Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Command Master Chief Yoshihito Yamamoto, left, Command Master Chief Samuel Robinson, center, assigned to Commander, Navy Forces Japan (CNFJ), and JMSDF Command Master Chief Masao Ueda pose for a photo after a Kadomatsu presentation.