In Japan, seeing the sunrise on the new year day is tradition. We believe this first sunrise bring good luck to the ones who saw it. We have a word to refer the first sunrise→初日の出（はつひので）.
I have seen the “moment of the first sunrise” appeared from horizon in the past a few times. Even though you miss this “moment” and saw the sun shining in the east, it feels very special on the new year day.