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The first day of the new year is called “元旦”, pronounced ‘gan-tan’, in Japanese and it means the origin and the morning. Interestingly, the second kanji character consists of “日” (the sun or day) and “一” (one or the horizon) then it is said that it means the first morning.

New floral stems of cherry blossoms are already comming up and it would be the right time to start new things.

In response to the weekly photo challenge, New by The Daily Post.

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New year’s visits

201401-001The last day of 2013 was calm and passing gently in Yokohama. At least, it seemed to be suitable for spending a time with my family. A sound of a bell of temple was telling the new year.

at a Buddhist temple

Though common Japanese are not devotional as I wrote ever, new year’s visit to a shrine or a temple is ordinary custom. Exactly saying, visiting temple is completely different from praying at shrine.

To ding a bell of a Buddhist temple is done around the midnight of the last day and, in general, it should be 108 times. Maybe as you know, its tone is very low. Interestingly,  people may visit a shrine also in order to pray a happy year. The first picture was taken at a Buddhist temple just after finishing preparation of year-end ringing a bell.

at a shrine
at a small shrine

The third picture was taken at a shrine, close to the temple in the first and the second pic, where many people were praying for 2014.

at Yokohama, Japan.