If you follow me on Twitter or watch my Instagram stories (and if you don’t, you totally should) you know that I’m a fan of limited edition seasonal stuff. I’m always trying out the latest product that has 新発売 (new release/shin hatsubai) or 期間限定 (for a limited time only/kikan gentei) plastered on it. In fact, the Japanese text in my Twitter profile proudly states, “I’m addicted to limited edition things” (#期間限定に弱い/kikan gentei ni yowaii).
January 15 is ko shougatsu (小正月), the end of the traditional New Year. The hago ita (羽子板) will finally be taken down and the countdown to spring will begin! As it’s the end of the New Year, today’s post will be about the Japanese way of celebrating a baby’s first new year, known as hatsu shougatsu (初正月, literally, “one’s first new year”).
Autumn fall, whatever you call it, it’s an undeniably beautiful season and the perfect mix of pleasant weather, bold color, vibrant entertainment, and delicious foods. My first day in Japan was a sweltering hot and humid day in late August. I had no idea that Tokyo was just as humid as Charleston. I jumped out of the frying and and into the fire – at least in Charleston I didn’t have to worry about a language barrier and avoiding cultural faux pas.