The Japan Times: Getting the First Year’s Prayer In

c-aoki-shrine-side-a-20151225-870x598Whether we are Buddhists, followers of Shintoism or atheists, the first thing many Japanese do on ganjitsu (New Year’s Day) is go to their local shrine or temple for hatsumōde, a symbolic first visit of the year. If it’s not done on Jan. 1, it will likely happen shortly after.

Read the full article at The Japan Times.

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