Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Year oshogatsu celebrations in Japan at the Palace Hotel Tokyo



Like the Oktoberfest in Munich, and the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Tokyo is gearing up for the annual New Year's Eve celebrations, celebrated from December 31 to January 2.

Called "oshogatsu" in Japanese, this is one of Japan's most symbolic and meaningful holidays.

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THE BEST OF JAPAN'S
NEW YEAR TRADITIONS

This year , the Palace Hotel Tokyo plans to immerse travelers in one of the world’s most refined cultures by synthesizing time-honored ceremonies, traditions and distinctive experiences under one roof.



Essential culinary customs and their origins will be presented throughout three days of celebrations. These include such New Year rituals like eating toshikoshi soba noodles and feasting on osechi ryori, which is the traditional set of foods served in the days of the New Year.

This year, a skilled iwai-gumi will even be on hand at the Palace Hotel Tokyo to demonstrate the tradition of mochi-making.

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THE FIRST TEA CEREMONY 
OF THE YEAR

Guests will also be able to observe hatsugama, which is the first tea ceremony of the New Year and a ritual that is perhaps the most emblematic expression of Japanese hospitality.



The general New Year's Eve festivities include:

1) A December 31 countdown cocktail party
2) A New Year’s Day gala dinner with live orchestral accompaniment.
3) On January 2, guests can cross the moat with legions of well-wishers for a public audience with Japan’s Imperial Family.

Alternately, throughout oshogatsu, guests can avoid the crowds and drink in the festive scene from the most attractive perch in the city.

Over half of the rooms of the Palace Hotel Tokyo feature balconies overlooking the palace gardens, so you can enjoy a private and unencumbered view of the festivities, living and enjoying a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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