Inspiration from Japanese New Year's traditions
Ever wonder why we at Ippodo release so many special teas this time of year? December and January are ripe with occasions for seeing family and acquaintances, smiling, and sitting together around the kotatsu (heated table). Tea plays a valuable role in bringing people together formally and informally at these occasions. Here is a peek into the important celebrations during this time of year.
Preparing for the start of a new year: Shogatsu Koto Hajime
Shogatsu Koto Hajime (which means "preparing for New Year's") is the term for a day of activities carried out to prepare for the busy start of the next year. This includes a deep cleaning and dusting of the house, and making various arrangements to be displayed in January, of pine-and-bamboo, rice cakes, and straw.