2022 is the year of the tiger, a year full of decisions and strength. In this box, we have included items related to Japanese traditions perpetuated during the New Year. We hope that you will learn more about the way it is celebrated in Japan and we wish you a great New Year, filled with happiness!
Ceramic statuette from Aichi Prefecture. The year of the tiger is synonymous with novelty, growth and changes.
Washi paper notebook
Notebook with yuzen paper cover, printed one by one by the craftmen, and washi paper pages, bound together by hand. On the cover, a hemp leaf pattern that is said to dispel evil spirits. Why not write your memories of 2022 in this notebook?
Kagami mochi & Oshiruko
Kagami Mochi consists of two round rice cakes (mochi) topped with a mandarin. It is placed inside every household during the New Year for the gods. On the 11th of January, people eat mochi with oshiruko, a red bean paste. Try eat at home!
Yuzu paste from Yuzuya, a yuzu farm in Hagi, a coastal city in Yamaguchi prefecture. Learn why we often see yuzu in Japan during the winter solstice in our magazine included in the box!
Included with those candies, an omikuji. Omikuji are fortune telling papers that Japanese people get at temples after the New Year. Which one of the 3 fortunes will you get?
There are a lot of firsts in Japan during the new year: the first sunrise, the first visit to the temple, the first calligraphy… Kouzome (香初め) is the first scent of the year. We have included a Jinko (agarwood) incense. Jinko is a formal incense, with a deep scent, used for events and celebrations such as the New Year or anniversaries.