In Japan, the culture of the stream between neighbors barely happened. One of the biggest reasons is that "Perhaps the neighbors have not done cleaning (house)!"
Do not clean up the house when the new year, for the Japanese, is the attitude of disrespect to the Creator.
In Kyoto, there are temples Chi-on, is the temple of Buddhism Jodo bukkyō (Holy Land), each new year always held a gigantic sounding bell attraction by the monks, and has become a well-known attractions of the new year in Japan. Giant bell weighs 70 tons, with a diameter of 2.8 meters, and 3 meters high.
Before the sounding of the bell, the monks first cleanse the bell, and that's when the momentum awaited the pilgrims who usually crowded throng. The monks do cleaning large bell with a long handled broom made of bamboo, while pronounce verses from Buddhist scriptures.
Japanese people in celebrating the new year, good housekeeping, as well as enterprises, basically assume clean-up event as a celebration of the most weighted. So if a walk in Japan, not difficult to find utterance happy new year as below:
It's settled will the event clean-up your home?
I also recently completed home, this time could spend a day with a good road!
Of course. Happy New Year yes.
shinnen akemashite o-medetō-gozaimasu = Happiness to you on the dawn of a New Year