Japanese New Year

Learn about the customs and festivities of the Lunar New Year in Japan with CultureALL Ambassador Yoko Tanaka.

Workshop Description

While Japan recognizes January 1 as the official New Year, many Japanese still enjoy the customs and festivities of the Lunar New Year. In addition to celebrating with food, fancy dresses, elaborate decorations, games, and poetry, the new year is commemorated by paying special attention to the first time something is done in the new year.

CultureALL Ambassador Yoko Tanaka, an employee of the Principal Financial Group, supplies students with rice paper, ink and calligraphy brushes to write their first Japanese characters. Traditional words written are inspirational ones, such as “Sunrise” (start of a great year), “Mt. Fuji” (symbol of Japan’s natural beauty), “Health” and “Perseverance.”

Workshop Details:

Ambassador Yoko Tanaka
Region/Culture East Asia - Japan
Subject(s) Visual Art, Social Studies
Participants 25 max
Standard Length 45 min
Room Set-Up Classroom style seating at desks/tables with chairs; room with sink is helpful
Supplies/Equipment Needed: Whiteboard and markers