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Shimekazari, Japanese New Year Decorations - For hanging on the front door, there is the shimekazari, which varies from region to region but always contains many auspicious ingredients. There is usually a small folding fan on top representing the your generating plenty of descendants, an orange which means generation after generation, and a small lobster who with their bent backs represent attaining old age. There is also some red and white folded shide paper which is effective for preventive impurities from entering the house.
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Shimekazari, Japanese New Year Decorations - For hanging on the front door, there is the shimekazari, which varies from region to region but always contains many auspicious ingredients. There is usually a small folding fan on top representing the your generating plenty of descendants, an orange which means generation after generation, and a small lobster  who with their bent backs represent attaining old age. There is also some red and white folded shide paper which is effective for preventive impurities from entering the house.