As has been the case every year since I moved to Tokyo, I started the year with the traditional visit to the shrine in my neighborhood (when in Rome, do as the Romans do…).
With so many people doing the same thing at the same time, the queue to pray can grow exponentially, so you really don’t want to arrive after 11:00AM (which does not sound so bad, but we are talking 1st of January here… 😉) or be ready to wait for hours if you chose a popular shrine.
2016 is the year of the monkey (according to the Chinese calendar), so more people than usual come the Hie jinja to pray at the monkey statues of the shrine, with some bringing bananas tob. Hopefully this is a good omen for this blog 😉
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