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Happy New Year from the Puppeteer Team

         

Puppeteer Happy New Year

Season’s greetings from Japan.

2013 has been a very busy year for Japan Studio. We launched four titles this year, including my own Puppeteer. So we’ve all been having a look ahead to some smartly-deserved days off. Even supposing you could be shocked to listen to that, right here in Japan, we don’t get Christmas off. The twenty fifth of December is solely a typical working day.

Considering I moved right here 10 years in the past, Christmas has transform extra fashionable however it’s celebrated in a relatively unusual manner. Christmas Eve is in reality extra vital than Christmas itself, the place younger couple go on dates, households tuck into Kentucky fried hen, and Santa-san appears to skip earlier Japan on his whirlwind current supply world tour.

So we’ve all beem within the place of business onerous at work on new creations for you all to revel in. Very similar to Santa’s little helpers on the North Pole.

The New Yr is the place it’s at in Japan. It’s now not a New Yr that the majority of you are going to have fun, with fireworks and champagne. In fact, the whole lot closes down and everybody returns to the a ways-flung corners of Japan to their domestic houses. New 12 months’s Eve begins with an previous custom of consuming soba noodles late at night time. That is adopted via a go back and forth to the native shrine in the dark to thank the gods for the earlier year, and likewise want for a affluent and wholesome New 12 months. That is known as Hatsumode, actually the primary seek advice from to a shrine.

Then, because the Temples throughout Japan ring their bells 108 instances for every sin of humankind, everybody heads residence for a cup or two of sizzling sake and mattress. Why to mattress? As a result of it’s up early to watch the solar upward push on the primary day of the New Yr. That is referred to as Hatsuhinode, and is supposed to carry you just right good fortune.

Then, on New 12 months’s Day, the celebrations start. In most cases, New 12 months’s Day is stuffed with ingesting and consuming conventional meals similar to osechi ryori, a 3-layered picket field stuffed with scrumptious delights. And ozoni, a transparent broth soup with mochi (pounded rice) is slurped down after which regularly sashimi or sushi. In truth, a lot is eaten and inebriated that there’s a distinct soup that’s consumed on the seventh of January known as nanakusa-gayu, seven herb soup. That is supposed to calm your negative overworked abdomen.

There may be one custom that each one kids sit up for, and that’s Otoshidama. Right here, youngsters obtain cash from their household in small envelopes. Let’s hope they use it correctly and purchase some video games.

From everybody at Japan Studio, we want you a Chuffed Vacations and a phenomenal New 12 months!

Preserve on enjoying.