New Year in Japan

Japanese New year is a bit low key compared to other countries.
First of all, before the New Year ends, there is the big clean  - Oosoji – all the house is cleaned and paper screens replaced, the shinto shrine is cleaned and new paper decorations - shide – are hung around the house.
New years eve is usually spent with the family watching NHK’s singing contest on TV -Kohaku Uta Gassen -, it usually goes on for about 4 hrs, also special new years food – Osechi - is eaten.
Then from New years day until the 3rd, you visit a shrine and make a prayer or wish for the new year, you also take back any good luck charms bought in the previous year which are burned and buy new ones – Omamori -, you also get a fortune for the year ahead – Omikuji.