This holiday is on the second Monday in January, every year. It is an event to congratulate those who have become an adult in Japan. In Japan the age of adulthood is 20. Those who have reached this age over the past year will attend a ceremony to celebrate. A ceremony is held at the city hall. Women wear special kimonos and men often wear suits. Afterwards friends usually go drinking and have a party.
Kagami mocha is traditional Japanese new years decoration. It is usually 2 round mochi placed on top of each other, the one on the bottom being smaller than the one on the top. Traditional decorations have a daidai (type of orange) placed on top. They are traditionally broken and then eaten 1-2 weeks after new years.
The Japanese New Year is the most important holiday in Japan. People often get between 5-10 days holiday from work during this time. There are a variety of events that take place around this time of year. At midnight on December 31st, Temples across Japan ring a bell a total of 108 times to symbolise the 108 sins in Buddhist belief. After midnight it is customary to eat soba. On New years day it is traditional to eat new years food called Osechi. These are special dishes prepared and presented in a beautiful bento box. Japanese people send out new years post cards that are marked to arrive exactly on January 1st. However, if someone has died in the family that year, it is customary to have people not send you a card that year. On new years day parents give their children money called Otoshidama. They give you money that is placed inside small decorated envelopes.
This is a Japanese star festival. The festivals begin on July 7th but dates vary thought out the country. The festival is celebrated by writing wishes on small pieces of paper and hanging them on bamboo. The bamboo then are often set afloat down a river or burned after the festival.
White day is on March 14th, one month after Valentines day. This is the time where men will return gifts to the girls who gave them a gift on valentines day. In Japan on Feb 14th girls give men presents and on March 14th they are expected to return the favour.