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Cost of Living and Price Reports from Tokyo, Japan. You can download the Excel list of items+prices I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

New Year's Decoration on the gate = 1800 yen ($17.31 €12.68)

Japanese people set up New Year's decorations at the gate or on the door. Those were originally for welcoming local gods. A common decoration costs 1800 yen ($17.31 €12.68). I bought a cheap one as usual at Seiyu. It cost 498 yen ($4.79 €3.51). 

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decoration on the door

 

We have to put it before December 30th. It is said setting it on December 29th or 31st attracts ill fortune. Dec 30th is OK. 

We remove the decorations around January 7th. 

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This is a common type decoration in Tokyo.

 

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Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

In terms of the cost of living information, you can download the Excel price list of goods I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.