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Updated: October 24, 2018
On December 31st, a New Year's countdown party is held on Chichijima, one of the Ogasawara Islands, to welcome the new year. Afterward, an event on January 1st marks the opening of the local public beaches.
The countdown party starts at around 11 pm. You can drink Ogasawara rum, try passion fruit liqueur and watch a slideshow featuring highlights from the past year. Locals and visitors alike are sure to have a good time. Join other partygoers for a countdown to midnight, when fireworks will go off and mark the start of 2019.
The festivities continue on New Year's Day, starting with a Shinto ceremony in which a priest prays for safety at sea. Afterward, the beaches are declared open. You can then enjoy several activities, including local performing arts shows, a traditional rice cake-throwing ritual and a raffle with amazing prizes. Visit the Ogasawara Islands for a truly unforgettable New Year!
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