Name Translation: "Day of New Year Celebrations"
Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Chihagi Tomiji . Assigned to Desdiv 21 (WAKABA, HATSUHARU, NENOHI, HATSUSHIMO), Desron 1, First Fleet.
Desdiv 21 remained in Japanese home waters, guarding battleships and conducting antisubmarine patrols.
Desdiv 21 departed Tokuyama to meet returning Pearl Harbor Striking Force, then escorted it into Hashirijima.
14-22 January 1942:
Desdiv 21 escorted tanker convoy from Tokuyama to Davao.
Desdiv 21 with Kendari invasion force.
Assisted HATSUHARU (damaged in collision with NAGARA) and escorted to Davao.
Desdiv 21 (minus HATSUHARU) with Makassar invasion force.
Desdiv 21 (minus HATSUHARU) with Bali/Lombok invasion force.
28 February-1 March:
In Bali Strait, Desdiv 21 engaged but failed to intercept four U.S. destroyers escaping from the Java Sea.
Desdiv 21 steamed from Makassar to Sasebo, then docked for maintenance.
Lieutenant Commander Chihagi (later C.O. TAMANAMI) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Terauchi Saburo  (prev. C.O. MOCHIZUKI).
With ABUKUMA, Desdiv 21 departed Ominato, escorting Adak-Attu Attack Force in Aleutians operations. Attu occupied on 7 June; Adak occupation cancelled.
Patrolled in Attu-area.
With ABUKUMA and WAKABA, scouted Amchitka Island for possible airfield sites.
Sunk: torpedoed by USS TRITON (SS-201) while escorting seaplane carrier KAMIKAWA MARU southeast of Attu, near Agattu Island (52-15 N, 173-51 E). Capsized two minutes after being hit and sank in five; 188 killed, including Lieutenant Commander Terauchi; 38 survivors rescued by INAZUMA.
31 July 1942:
Removed from Navy List.