new year tradition

Did you know that in Japan there is an old tradition of sending postcards to wish a Happy New Year or in Japanese "Nengajou", to friends and family?

Well this might not seem like a big deal, as most countries have similar traditions, right? Right, but there is one big difference.

In Japan, everyone posts the postcards by the 25th of December, then the Post Office keeps them until the 31st December, and on January 1st, across the whole country, every single New Year postcard is delivered. The Post Office hires thousands of people (mostly students) to guarantee that everyone receives the "Nengajou" on the first day of the year.

Out&About Tokyo