Jan 6, 2012

A Happy New Year

Shimenawa, sacred rice-straw ropes, are hung across the top of the gateway, which is also decorated with pine boughs or Kadomatsu.

Kagami-mochi(rice cake) are offerings to the god of the New Year.

People threw a coin into the donation box at the shrine.

Omikuji ( written fortune ) are written fortunes which can be obtained by drawing lots in most Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.

The Shrine offers Amazake ( sweet alcoholic ).

Can you see a monkey ?

They stand in line waiting to pray.