Cultural traditions

Otoshidama
Otoshidama is money given during the New Year 's celebration. Otoshidama is often given to children from elders. Since ancient times in Japan, it was thought that in the first day of January, the spirit of the ancestor comes down from the mountain as a god and brings happiness to the houses. For that reason, and in order to express gratitude that one could be safe the whole year, a rice cake was offered to the gods and various good luck charms were decorated in front of the house as a symbol of good harvest. When the New Year was over, the offerings were taken down, and the rice cakes were divided and handed out. This is thought be the origin of Otoshidama.

Otoshidama