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December in Japan is the time to tie up the loose ends of the old year and get ready for a fresh start at the beginning of the new.

Days, Events and Activities for All December in Japan

December in Japan is all about preparing for the New Year. It starts off with Hari Kuyou, when seamstresses in Kyoto ceremonial say good bye to their bracken needles. Then comes buying New Year’s gifts for those special relationships and business partners. Afterwards it is time to give your home one last deep cleaning or the year. And finally, Japanese people pay off all debts (traditionally) and finish all government work before the holiday. Somewhere in al this fun is Christmas celebrated with its own Japanese twist. At the end of it all is writing Hagaki, post cards, wishing Happy New Year to friends and family. Then the big night, New Year’s eve when people gather for a super late night of praying for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year at midnight at temples and shrines across Japan. So enjoy December in Japan! There are ton of things for everyone to do!

December in Japan Calendar

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Map of Events During December in Japan

Timeline of Events and Holidays During December in Japan

08 December 2020
Ladies putting their broken needles into you at a shrine for Hari-Kuyou, December in Japan

Hari-Kuyou in Kansai Area near Kyoto 針供養 はりくよう

Hari-Kuyō In Kansai occurs on December the eighth and is a time for seamstresses to say thank you and good to their broken needles in a semi-spiritual way. ...

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10 December 2020
20 December 2020
Japanese Culture, November in Japan, December in Japan, OSeibo, Some tasters treat that people can send as end of the year presents in Japan., December in Japan

OSeibo Or Japanese End of Year Gift Giving : お歳暮 おせいぼ

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11 December 2020
20 December 2020
Japanese Culture, November in Japan, December in Japan, OSeibo, Some tasters treat that people can send as end of the year presents in Japan., December in Japan

OSeibo Or Japanese End of Year Gift Giving : お歳暮 おせいぼ

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12 December 2020
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OSeibo Or Japanese End of Year Gift Giving : お歳暮 おせいぼ

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13 December 2020
Japanese Culture, December in Japan, Start of New Year’s Preparations In Edo Times, December in Japan

Start of New Year’s Preparations in Japan 正月事始め しょうがつことはじめ

December 13th is the start of New Year’s preparations in Japan. On this day bills and loans are to be paid from the previous year and cleaning begins. ...

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Japan
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13 December 2020
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Japanese Culture, November in Japan, December in Japan, OSeibo, Some tasters treat that people can send as end of the year presents in Japan., December in Japan

OSeibo Or Japanese End of Year Gift Giving : お歳暮 おせいぼ

ecember in Japan is the time to tie up the loose ends of the old year and get ready for a fresh start at the beginning of the new. ecember ... ...

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14 December 2020
20 December 2020
Japanese Culture, November in Japan, December in Japan, OSeibo, Some tasters treat that people can send as end of the year presents in Japan., December in Japan

OSeibo Or Japanese End of Year Gift Giving : お歳暮 おせいぼ

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15 December 2020
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Japanese Culture, December in Japan, Traditional Japanese dancers wearing Heian era kimonos performing a ritual at night. Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri, December in Japan

Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri 春日若宮おん祭 かすがわかみやおんまつり

The Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri from December 15th to 18th was originally created to pray away an epidemic. Later it became about getting a good harvest. ...

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Nara city, Nara prefecture
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15 December 2020
20 December 2020
Japanese Culture, November in Japan, December in Japan, OSeibo, Some tasters treat that people can send as end of the year presents in Japan., December in Japan

OSeibo Or Japanese End of Year Gift Giving : お歳暮 おせいぼ

ecember in Japan is the time to tie up the loose ends of the old year and get ready for a fresh start at the beginning of the new. ecember ... ...

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16 December 2020
18 December 2020
Japanese Culture, December in Japan, Traditional Japanese dancers wearing Heian era kimonos performing a ritual at night. Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri, December in Japan

Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri 春日若宮おん祭 かすがわかみやおんまつり

The Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri from December 15th to 18th was originally created to pray away an epidemic. Later it became about getting a good harvest. ...

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Nara city, Nara prefecture
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16 December 2020
20 December 2020
Japanese Culture, November in Japan, December in Japan, OSeibo, Some tasters treat that people can send as end of the year presents in Japan., December in Japan

OSeibo Or Japanese End of Year Gift Giving : お歳暮 おせいぼ

ecember in Japan is the time to tie up the loose ends of the old year and get ready for a fresh start at the beginning of the new. ecember ... ...

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17 December 2020
18 December 2020
Japanese Culture, December in Japan, Traditional Japanese dancers wearing Heian era kimonos performing a ritual at night. Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri, December in Japan

Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri 春日若宮おん祭 かすがわかみやおんまつり

The Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri from December 15th to 18th was originally created to pray away an epidemic. Later it became about getting a good harvest. ...

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Nara city, Nara prefecture
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I have lived and worked with my family in Japan since 2005. For many years I have been interested in the very practical and creative side of Japanese culture. In my free time I travel around, enjoy hiking in the countryside and cities, and just generally seeing and doing new things. This blog is primarily a way for me to focus my energies and record and teach others about what I have learned by experience constructively. I am interested in urban development, and sustainable micro-economics, especially home-economics, and practical things everyday families can do to survive and thrive through these changing times.