New year decoration “Shimenawa”

This is the end of the year, and you see many of these traditional Japanese new year decorations around Japan.

These are called Shimenawa/Shimekazari しめなわ/しめかざり

Japanese people decorate these on the entrance door and use them for ritual purification.  In the world of Shinto they believe Shimenawa act as a ward against evil spirits.

20171231_104719_HDRI thought this PIKACHU poster was so cute♡.   Attached on the door of pharmacy informing the business starting date of 2018 and greeting new year at the same time♡.

GSIX and art

I introduced about the new shopping complexed in popular upscale area- Ginza Tokyo, on my prior post GINZA SIX.

I visited there!

Not only fancy shops and restaurants, I also found a lot of art inside the complex.









Kusama Yayoi’s art hanging from the ceiling.  Bonsai on 6th floor and so on…




Kagami Mochi

I bought a cute little “Kagami Mochi” with cute little dogs on top of it for the coming new year!

KagaMimochi 鏡餅(かがみもち)→A round rice cake to offer to God in the new year.  One of the traditional Japanese new year decorations.

We have more of traditional decorations for the new year.  I will introduce later!

Kotatsu こたつ

⇓This is the traditional(?) heating equipment in Japan.  It is called Kotatsu(こたつ)








Inside the “kotatsu”

An electric heater is equipped with the table  and it is covered with quilt to retain heat.

People sit around the table and put their legs under the table and warm them.  We do have other kinds of heating systems but “kotatsu” is still widely used in Japan during winter.

Uwabaki うわばき

As you already know, we take off shoes when you enter the house in Japan.

What about at schools!?  Normally Japanese schools for children require students to change outside shoes to indoor shoes which is called “UWABAKI” when they enter the school facilities.

⇓  This pair of white shoes is ordinary indoor shoes for ordinary public schools in Japan.


You might not believe, but elementary school students bring “uwabaki” home every Friday and wash them, and bring them back to school on Monday.  They do it every week throughout their school lives for six years!!  I did too!!  Well, in some cases parents not children do though…