Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Or as they say in Japanese, 明けましておめでとうございます。



The New Year began in Tokyo with balloons flying through the air at Zojo-ji temple. It's common practice for the Japanese to attend midnight services at a Buddhist temple or a Shinto shrine.

According to the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. A special ceremony was held in Osaka, Japan, as the ox from last year handed over the reigns to the tiger of this year.




Susan Boyle of "Britain's Got Talent" fame sang at NHK's 60th Kohaku Uta Gassen, Japan's historic New Year's Eve singing extravaganza.


6 comments:

Daniel said...

But...but...the year of the tiger doesn't start until February when the Chinese New Year happens...

shrinecastle said...

Technically correct. But it's the year of the Tiger right now in Japan right now. Is it a lunar calendar thing?

Daniel said...

Yeah, it's a lunar calendar thing. It's also why I'm technically born in the year of the ox instead of the year of the tiger, despite being born in 1986.

shrinecastle said...

You're on the cusp. What do you like better? Ox or Tiger?

Daniel said...

Despite spending my whole life thinking I was a tiger, I really came to terms with my ox-itude over this past year, so I'm gonna stick with the Ox. The Chinese Zodiac gets way more complicated anyway with inner animals and secret animals or something like that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_zodiac

shrinecastle said...

Okay, in honor of your "ox-itude," I'm going to write a blog entry about the Chinese New Year in February.