Kurisumasu & Oshogatsu

Let’s Celebrate Kurisumasu & Oshogatsu!

Christmas & New Year


1. Click on this link to visit the following website and find out about Oshogatsu.

Now open this PowerPoint to discover some more interesting information about Japanese New Year. There’s lots of nice pictures too! Then, using this information, collect a worksheet from your teacher and answer the questions.

2. What is a Daruma Doll? Open this link and read all about this strange looking doll and then colour your own Daruma Doll. Don’t forget to make a wish!

Also – check out this video on how Daruma Dolls are made!

3. Ask your teacher for a copy of the Christmas Vocab worksheet and complete it by numbering each picture with the correct term at the bottom of the page. Use a dictionary to help you. Once complete, colour it.
4. Part 1: Nengajo

What are nengajo? Click on this link to read more about what they are.

Part 2: Write and send your nengajo

Now it’s time to make nengajo to give to your friends. Ask your teacher for the Negajo templates. Fold each template, colour it, and write a Happy New Year greeting to a friend. Deliver your nengajo to your friend’s post box. They will collect their nengajo at the end of the term! You can write as many as you like!

5. Listen to a traditional Japanese New Year song. Click here to play. Now listen to the Japanese version of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer! Click here to play.
  6. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. Click on this link and follow the instructions to make your origami rooster. Once complete, decorate it and glue it into your notebook.