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Examiner.com: Japanese New Year Wreath Changing & Evolving

Shimenawa wreathThe traditional Shimenawa New Year’s wreath in the Japanese culture is taking on a more American look, reports Examiner.com. (photo by OiMax).

The wreath is losing its original design and taking on a more American flavor. The wreath which is usually mounted on the doorway at New Year’s consists of ropes made of rice straws or hemp.

While the materials remain the same, the shapes and color are gradually changing as many of the ropes used today are quite colorful.

Do you hang a Shimenawa wreath at your doorstep? Do you go with the more traditional look or American look?

You can watch a video on how to make the wreath and see photos of many different style of wreaths on Examiner.com.





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