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New Year’s Day in Japan is usually a calm and reflective period for people to spend time with their families, doing some new year cleaning and eating boxes of osechi. Most shops are typically closed until January 3, but the upcoming January will be even tamer than usual, with the government calling for companies to extend their New Year holidays to January 11.
Luckily, you can still observe the traditional Japanese New Year’s customs of slurping noodles and taking a quick trip to the shrine with little to no compromise. Here are some of the most common seasonal traditions in Japan, and where to experience them in Tokyo.
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