While some countries have a tradition of “Spring cleaning”, in Japan this is most often done during the New Year holiday, when families give their homes a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning. This is also done at many companies, where the employees will spend the day dusting and scrubbing all around their desks and getting rid of all the unnecessary things that have accumulated over the year. In depictions of traditional Japanese homes, it is common to see people pushing a wet rag down long hallways to clean the wooden floors, but most families nowadays take advantage of modern conveniences.

A woman cleans a wooden floor with a cloth
Several people clean the exterior of a temple with long pole brushes

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