Happy New Year!
Thank you for always visiting our blog “Visit Minato City”!
On New Year’s Eve, I went to the Zojoji Temple which is a historical temple in the vicinity of Tokyo Tower. There was a tremendous number of people!
Suddenly, people started to count down from 10 to 1. Everybody was shouting “Happy New Year”, but then the temple bell rang once. After that, it got silent.
“Hatsumode” is an important event in Japan. It’s when everybody visits a shrine or a temple for the first in the New Year to pray for health and peace. That’s why thousands of people go to a temple or a shrine to celebrate at night. They want to be there first!
After I also prayed, I explored the premises of Zojoji. There were a lot of food stands and even a stand where they were handing out “amazake” (hot “sweet rice wine”) for free!
Drawing an “omikuji” ( fortunes written on strips of paper) and buying “omamori” (amulet for protection) is also something almost everybody does when visiting a shrine/temple for the first time in a new year. By the way, “omamori” make a great souvenir!
Hope to see you soon in Japan!!
We wish you all a wonderful year!
4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
10 minutes on foot from Daimon Station (Toei Oedo Line)