Midnight New Years Eve

The annual pilgrimage to the shrines and temples of Japan, begins just after the stroke of midnight on December 31.  I never venture far, and I prefer to go to the one that is closest to my house.  The same shrine my family has been visiting for years.  Warm sake, and amazake are served to those who have waited in the cold to say the first prayers of the new year.

Burning Away the Bad Fotune

Temple Gate, One Stroke before 2010

Fireman Photographing the Bonfire

First Prayers of the New Year, 2010

What a Line Up, 2010

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