Dispatch from Japan: あけましておめでとう!Happy New Year!

My dear friend, Shiketsu Kou (in Japanese), is a young Chinese man now studying in Japan. We share texts and pictures on a weekly basis and I was delighted to receive these images to begin 2023!

The pictures above and below are of decorations placed on the front door of a home or business to welcome in the New Year! Aren’t they beautiful!?

Rudy tells me that you can buy these more simple decorations using greens and an orange at local fruit markets, such as this one in his neighborhood.

Rudy sent me this following description of the use of these lovely decorations.

Rudy also shared this interesting New Year’s greeting card which he received from his school.

And he treated himself to a feast at a local buffet! Yum!

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