New Years Eve is called Ōmisoka/大晦日 in Japan.
The traditions in Japan are a little different.
You’ll visit your local shrine to pray.
Watch the first sunrise of the new year.
And of course, there’s food involved.
The extra-long soba noodles should be eaten before midnight.
Soba is a thin noodle made from buckwheat flour.
Toshikoshi soba/年越しそば means a bridge between the two years and the soba represent this bridge.
So at around 11pm when people are usually dancing away and downing cocktails in other parts of the world…
in Japan many people are slurping hot soba.