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2009.12.28 Preparing for New Year

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The super-ecological cleaning tool, a broom, made of bamboo handle with Shuro(棕櫚), a kind of palm in Asia.
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Prepare traditional tableware for New Year. Most of them are lacquer-coated. They are used at January 1st.
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Writing greeting cards for New Year, called “nen-ga-jou”(年賀状). We write and send the cards in December, to be deliverd on January 1st.

We Japanese have a custom to clean homes thoroughly on late December to prepare for New Year. It was called “O-o-souji(大掃除)”, meaning “big cleaning.” The custom derives from the belief in ancient times that Toshigami-sama(年神様) a god for good harvest and good luck would come on January 1st.... We clean our house to welcome the god, that is to say, to welcome good harvest and good luck for next year. (Actually, when I was a child, I didn’t understand the custom so much but it was a family event and I just followed the custom with joy.) Please note that we always finish “O-o-souji” before the 31th, because if you do it for the last day of December, we lose good luck!

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