Learn about the customs and festivities of the Lunar New Year in Japan with CultureALL Ambassador Yoko Tanaka.
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.”
|Region/Culture||East Asia - Japan|
|Subject(s)||Visual Art, Social Studies|
|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|