Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Years at Meji Shrine

Praying at the foot of the alter of the shrine on January 2nd for the New Year. It does not usually have the white barrier you see or the orange cones. That is just because of the emmense number of people that come to visit. They even have a GIGANTIC tv screen to watch as you stand in line to get to the foot of the shrine...how nice of them. Again this is a time when I was closer to people I don't know than I could ever imagine being before I moved to Tokyo.....but when in Rome.....
Here you are suppose to wash your hands and rinse your mouth. I think it has too do with making your self clean for the Gods??
Crowds of people go to the shrine for New Years. It is the Japanese tradition to go to the Shrine and pray to the Gods for a properous new year. This is one of the most visited shrines in Tokyo and we can just walk there. We had to go....Aaron said it would be like living in New York City and never going to see the big apple drop...something you just have to do see at least once...We were just standing in the middle of the crowds of people and Aaron held up the camera and took a picture of the people behind us.
SOOO many people

Here they buy these boards and write their wishes for the New Year and leave them for the Gods to make happen
If the get a 'bad' fortune, they will fold it properly and tie it on one of these lines...here are many fortunes that people do not want to come true...

2 comments:

jani said...

Welcome to the world of blogging!!! You have been busy my friend! It's so fun seeing what you guys have been up to- we'll have to come see for ourselves sometimes (I hope) Nathan says he has no desire to visit Japan, but I think it would be great... minus the flights there and back... Love you all!!

Cotton Crew said...

Hey wendy! I love looking at your blog and all the things you all are doing over there! so fun. I have been sucked into the blogging world but i am glad that i can see more of what you are all up to. Very neat pictures !