Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Leta Bushyhead, tells a new year story about Jizo, a deity whose statues are a common sight throughout Japan, especially by roadsides. Traditionally, he is seen as the guardian of children.
Students compare and contrast the different ways in which people commemorate the passing of a year by interviewing their families, creating a tablescape, and sharing their traditions with their classmates.
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How do you celebrate the beginning of a new year? In Japan, people celebrate the New Year on December 31 and January 1. Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year; literally, new month) is an important time of the year, a joyous period imbued with good feelings and nostalgia. People clean their homes, prepare special feasts and stay up past midnight to usher in the New Year.