Ōmisoka - Japanese New Year
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Omisoka is the Japanese word for New Year's Eve or December 31 of every year.
In Japan, there are a few customs practiced on this day. Let's learn more about them and where they can be enjoyed.
There are several words and phrases that mean "the end of the year" in Japanese.
Some of the most basic are "nenmatsu" and "toshi-no-kure". "Matsu" and "kure" are words for "the end of ~", so both phrases mean "the end of the year".
"Toshi-no-se" is also a quite popular word. This phrase is used to express the "busy season in December". People will say in mid-December that "the toshi-no-se is coming", or that "the toshi-no-se has come" in late December.
Likewise, "omisoka" also stands for the end of the year.
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