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Jan 1
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Ganjitsu (New Years)

This is a Shinto and Japenese secular celebration.

Shintoism is a Japanese religion that is founded in the belief in the divinity of nature. It is a traditional Japanese religion that predates Christianity by 2000 years. There are no scriptural texts or deity in the Shinto cosmology. Instead, Gantan-sai focuses on a deep, underlying awareness and reverence for the divine energy that suffuses all of life.

The Japanese New Yearis an annual festival with its own customs.

Japanese people eat a selection of dishes during the New Year celebration called osechi-ryōri, typically shortened to osechi. Many of these dishes are sweet, sour, or dried, so they can keep without refrigeration—the culinary traditions date to a time before households had refrigerators, when most stores closed for the holidays. There are many variations of osechi, and some foods eaten in one region are not eaten in other places (or are considered inauspicious or even banned) on New Year's Day. Another popular dish is ozōni, a soup with mochi rice cake and other ingredients that differ based on various regions of Japan. Today, sashimi and sushi are often eaten, as well as non-Japanese foods. To let the overworked stomach rest, seven-herb rice soup is prepared on the seventh day of January, a day known as jinjitsu


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