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Official render of a kadomatsu

Kadomatsu are traditional Japanese New Year decorations that are said to attract good luck. They consist of several tree cuttings, mainly bamboo stalks and pines, bound together with straw rope. In Mario Kart Tour, kadomatsu are added to courses in tours that occur around the New Year, being similar in function to the festive trees that appear in holiday tours. They have appeared in the following tours:

Kadomatsu are placed around arches, entrances and finish lines and are usually colored white with a single Japanese character. When a driver gets near a kadomatsu, they can hear a dulcimer. Generally, kadomatsu bounce and give bonus points when hit with an offensive item or when driven into while invincible or Mega, with the action being displayed as "Happy New Year!"; since the New Year's 2022 Tour, it also gives an event token. However, in the New Year's 2021 Tour, hitting a kadomatsu did not grant bonus points, display the action, or give event tokens.

List of course appearances[edit]


Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: Japan's most famous city is back for for another lap with the Tokyo Blur 2 course. Those traditional kadomatsu decorations aren't just for show—hitting them with an item is a great way to rack up some extra points![1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 門松
Chinese (Simplified) 门松
Chinese (Traditional) 門松
French Kadomatsu -
German Neujahrsgeschenke New Year's gifts
Italian Decorazione di Capodanno New Year's decoration
Korean 새해 장식
Saehae jangsig
New Year decoration
Portuguese Decoração kadomatsu Kadomatsu decoration
Spanish Adorno festivo de bambú Festive bamboo ornament

See also[edit]


  1. ^ mariokarttourEN (January 1, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved July 28, 2021.