People in Japan celebrates New Year with fun, shopping and sports

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Tokyo, Jan 20 (ANI): Hokkaido Island in northern Japan is covered by snow. But, football club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo brings hot news to the island after it been upgraded to J1. Consadole, which is famous among fans, stood at number 4 among the total 40 teams in Japan’s J league. Ishiya Co., Ltd., the official sponsor of the team invited Chanathip Songkrasin, Thai soccer player who has been J League at SHIROI KOIBITO Park. Nicknamed “the Messi of Thailand,” Chanathip consecutively win titles in the AAF Suzuki cup and become No. 1 player in Southeast Asia. During New Year, many shops in Japan conduct Hatsu-uri, or first sale of the New Year. Decorated with festive ornaments, shopping malls open during the New Year for customers to buy ‘Fukubukuro (Happy Bags or Lucky Bags)’. They are filled with items from particular brands or stores which are priced far less than their item by value and packed in brightly colored, easy-to-identify cheerful bags. A Japanese Music festival of Komagata attracted the crowd in some malls. Traditional decoration, shopping, purchasing new things with good fortune, and participating in events full of energy is filled with hopes to look forward to a new start, a unique way to begin a year that only belongs to Japan.

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