For the December issue of MCAS Iwakuni's Preview magazine, I put together a fun little article about New Year traditions in Japan. Shogatsu (Japanese New Year) is one of the most important holidays of the year, and there are lots of customs surrounding the holiday. One of my favorites are the kadomatsu bamboo arrangements seen around town this time of year -- the landscape architect in me can't resist a creative mix of plants. Another great tradition, one similar to our Christmas cards, the Japanese send nengajo (New Year postcards) to family, friends, and business acquaintances to arrive before January 1. The traditional New Year meal is osechi, a mix of preserved cuisine prepared in advance to be eaten on the first few days of the new year. Read the entire article on ISSUU, click to page 14 to see the article.