We at Best Trading, Japan wish you a Very Happy and Joyful New Year – 2009.
This week is an important holiday for most businesses in Japan. Most used car dealers in our network as well as Japanese used car auction houses also observe holiday in the first week of the new year.
Japanese people typically welcome the New Year in tradional fashion. We clean our houses and offices before the new year begins, and have traditional new year decorations made from pine, bamboo and plum trees at the entrance of homes and shops. On the new year eve, families will get together and welcome the new year by eating soba noodles which symbolize longevity. A visit to a temple or shrine for offering prayers is a must for every Japanese in the new year holidays.
Many Japanese people or even businesses will buy a Daruma doll at the new year. Daruma doll is one of the most popular talismans of good luck in Japan. A daruma doll as shown in the picture is a armless, legless and eyeles doll made from papier mache. On the new year day, people will make a wish or resolution and paint one of the eyes of the daruma doll. At the end of the year, when their wish is fulfilled, they will paint the second eye and offer the doll at the temple. May all your wishes in the new year come true !