Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The first shrine visit of the year

In Japan, it's customary to make the first shrine visit of the year (hatsu moude) either after the clock strikes twelve on New Year's night, or on New Year's day. Most folks get dressed up to go to the shrine, where they pray for a healthy, happy new year. This usually includes ringing a bell and tossing a few coins into the offering box.

The photo below shows a young woman making her hatsu moude at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

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