5. New Year's Symbols
Bamboo, osechi-ryori, a karuta card game and a monkey (2016's Zodiac symbol) fully represent this Japanese New Year.
4. Mount Fuji
The most representative symbol of the Japan is of course appropriate for any occasion.
This legless monk is usually depicted in red, the color for expelling evil spirits. Daruma come with unpainted eyes; as you make a wish, you draw on the right eye. When your wish is fulfilled, then you draw on the left one.
How could we leave out Mickey and Disney given their staggering popularity in Japan? Even at New Year's, the Mouse is impossible to avoid!
2016 is the Year of the Monkey, and as you might expect, monkey-related otoshidama-bukuro are the most popular designs for 2016. The three famous “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” monkeys from Nikko are by far the favored theme.