#272 Otoshidama

New year is a family holiday in Japan.

It’s similar to Christmas overseas – hang out, watch TV, get everyone together and eat food.

And similarly to Christmas the kids reap the rewards with presents.

By presents… I mean cold hard cash.


They are given Otoshidama/お年玉 – which means new years gift.

They are only given whole notes and it always has to be an odd number – 1,000, 3,000, 5,000 or 10,000.

10,000 yen is often given to high schoolers.
It is still an “odd” bill because it’s counted in Japan as ‘one ten thousand’.

Here’s a video on how to prepare Otoshidama:


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