A Year in



New Year (Jan 1). At midnight, the bells of Senso-ji temple toll a total of 108 times.

Sumo (late Jan). At Ryogoku Kokugikan, a major sumo tournament (called honbasho) is held to celebrate the new year.

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Setsubun (Feb 3). To celebrate the start of spring, beans are thrown to scare away evil and bring good fortune.

Valentine’s Day (Feb 14). Lavish chocolates and romantic gifts are sold in stores, though in Japan it is only women who give gifts ...

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