the 31st Day
年末 (nenmatsu, year-end)
How many plane flights from Japan to Australia this year ?
Two close members of my family died.
The drama of having to move back to Australia .....
Moving from Palm Beach to Brisbane.
Wonderful that Dec came to visit for 3 months.
That Chikako could come to visit whilst Dec was here.
The New Year traditions are also a part of Japanese poetry, including haiku (poems with 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven and five) and renga (linked poetry). All of the traditions above would be appropriate to include in haiku as kigo (season words). There are also haiku that celebrate many of the "first" of the New Year, such as the "first sun" (hatsuhi) or "first sunrise", "first laughter" (waraizome—starting the New Year with a smile is considered a good sign), and first dream (hatsuyume). Since the traditional New Year was later in the year than the current date, many of these mention the beginning of spring.
Kyūnenchū wa osewa ni narimashita. Rainen mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu,
“Thank you for all that happened in the past year. Please accept my best regards for the new year.”