Monday, December 31, 2007

Ringing in the new year Japanese-style ... in the U.S.

Among those who celebrate Japan's Oshogatsu (New Year's) in the U.S. are not only Japanese-Americans but also people who've lived in Japan and those who've never been but are enamored of Japanese culture just the same.

Alexandra Clayton poses with her family's hagoita, a decoration brought out at New Year's time.

A traditional bronze bell of the type used to ring in the new year in Japan... except this particular one is in the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

—Mellow Monk

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