The end of the year in Japan: O-souji | 大掃除
The end of the year in Japan means... 大掃除｜O-souji (big cleaning!)
Did you know that this tradition dates back centuries to the Heian period (794-1185)? The imperial court set the event to clear out evil and welcome the New Year deities. It has also been said to show gratitude for the harvests and good of the last year.
Now the tradition continues with fervor as a symbolic way of clearing out the old and making way for the good yet to come.
We wish you a happy 大掃除 for a fresh clean start to the New Year!