Oshogatsu (New Year’s)

» 05 January 2012 » In npb »

Today’s Japanese word of the day is Oshogatsu (お正月), which refers to New Year’s Day or the New Year.

Oshogatsu is a big deal in Japan. It’s easily the biggest holiday Japan celebrates, and the country largely shuts down for about a week while its citizens gather as families and take part in the traditional activities, such as visiting shrines and eating Osechi ryori.

Here’s an roundup how some NPB players spent Oshogatsu, all found via the very handy @npb_players Twitter feed.


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  1. Patrick
    05/01/2012 at 9:50 am Permalink

    Shuting down? They used to have “Shogatsu Yakyu” from 1937 until the time the NPB was spit into two leagues. That includes the last year of WWII.

    By the way, I don’t think any of those games were recorded as official games.

  2. Patrick
    06/01/2012 at 10:32 am Permalink

    That’s ever so slightly before my time 🙂