Hello! !Today 31st is New Year's Eve in Japan.New Year’s Eve is called “Oomisoka” in Japanese.We eat soba noodles called “toshikoshi soba” (year-crossing soba) to wish for a long lasting life. On New Year’s Eve, soba noodle shops are crowded with many people from morning till night.Also, a major house cleaning is done by the whole family. This major house cleaning is thought as a ritual to give a pleasant welcome to God on New Year’s Day.At night time, many people get together at countdown events.Others stay at home and watch television programs. The most well known one is the “Kouhaku Utagassen”, an annual singing contest. At Buddhist temples, huge bells are hit 108 times during midnight to get rid of all evil desires.Ryoma.
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