Caitlin Gallagher
Updated Jan 04, 2017 @ 1:12 pm
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He didn’t state what it was, but we know that Milo Ventimiglia’s New Year’s resolution was made in a unique way — well, unique for Americans. While most resolutions for the New Year are just made as mental notes with no pomp and circumstance, the Gilmore Girls and This Is Us actor’s resolution was made while visiting a Japanese shrine.

When Jess Mariano Milo Ventimiglia stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden on January 3rd, he noted that he was a bit jet-lagged since he had just flown in from Japan. Later, when he was being interviewed with Janelle Monáe, Ventimiglia discussed how he rung in 2017 in Japan and the New Year celebration was a more spiritual and serious affair than what he normally experiences in the U.S.

OK first off, let’s applaud Ventimiglia for his diverse God pronouns. Now, we can focus on the fact that you need to give your address to confirm that God will be able to send the good vibes to the correct person. Hey, that avoids your wishes getting mixed up with someone else’s for sure.

As for the rest of the ceremony, Ventimiglia’s experience does reflect Japanese culture since New Year’s is a big holiday for the country. The tradition of Hatsumode is the first visit to a shrine or temple in the New Year to pray for good fortune and it’s apparently very popular in Japan.


So as much fun as a New Year’s Eve party can be, we’re definitely going to look into traveling to Japan one of these years like Ventimiglia did for a wonderful start to the New Year.