Celebrating New Beginnings in Japan
GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE NEW YEAR!
The rituals of the Japanese New Year, known as Oshogatsu, are spiritual, symbolic and include a message of hope for a new beginning—one of joy, good health and success!
Message from the Emperor
“Congratulations on the New Year” proclaimed the Emperor and Empress of Japan, making their annual public address by video message for the first time “I hope from the bottom of my heart that this year will allow all of you to move forward with hope.”
At first dawn on January 1st, the Emperor performs the Shihohai, the ceremonial kata of worship in four directions, to offer prayers for the well-being of Japan, from within the Imperial Court.
For this New Year we wish everyone good health, safety and prosperity as we move forward with the hope of a new dawn of the rising sun. Akemashite Omedetou! (Happy New Year!)