On Shunka-ro tower,
Receiving the light on the heads
The light of the first rising Sun of the year
Cranes spread their wings wide open
And the New Year has come to us!
”From Big Edo Prints ”
New Year in Edo
It was from an open sea side or on a hill to
watch the first sun rise of New Year best. Suzaki, at the east
end of Edo, is especially known for it.
The happy New Year was celebrated by the plays of Shishi-mai (lion
dance), Mikawa comic dialogue, Kakubei-jishi (Kakubei's lion),
Harukoma-odori (Harukoma's dance) in front of the house gate.
Ogi (fan), Sugoroku sellers were treated also as happiness caller.
Sugoroku at those days were sold in paper bags with a print made
by popular painters.