Japanese New Year celebration

Trip Start Dec 27, 2011
Trip End Apr 25, 2012

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Japanese New Year

Flag of Japan  , Chubu,
Saturday, December 31, 2011

Its 12:23, Jan 1st 2012 right now. We just visited the Japanese shrines where the first event of the japanese New Year celebrations take place. We walked by at 11:30 expecting some kind of party to be taking place, but the place was deserted. We went back at 12:05 and it seems the whole town has shown up. 

There is a little park with about six to eight shrines. It looks kind of like a small side street. People line up and pay their respects at each individual shrine. I have not read about the significance of each shrine yet, but I am sure we will find out tomorrow. 

There was very nice Japanese "shrine" music, bonfires, and lots of mika's (they get them when they pay tribute with coins). We are back at our house and we can still hear the gongs being rung. There were a few fireworks far off in the distance as well, but nothing like at home.

We have a busy day tomorrow, so bedtime here. Happy 2012!
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