Around the New Year’s Day is a good time to visit Japan.
Japanese people become most religious this time of the year. Many people go to shrines or temples to communicate with god/buddha: people thank for all the blessings of the past year and wish for good for the new year. Famous shrines/temples become super crowded from the New year’s Eve.
Trying a traditional meal called osechi shall be fun. For conservation, some dishes contain much sugar but a three layer boxed meal is colorful and tasty. You will find lots of ingredients like beans, eggs, shitake mushrooms, fish, meet…
In Kitasenju, an event was going on: carrying around portable shrines for the first time in 2017. I was not able to capture the scene (oops) but found residents in a festive suit.
Usually Japanese festivals are carried in summer or fall and then you see people in those suits and carrying portable shrines. I felt lucky to see these in this winter time.
All photos were taken by Olympus OM1 with 50mm F1.8 Zuiko lens.
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