The New Year

Braving the cold for hours, surrounded by thousands of people invading your personal space is all part of the uncomfortable experience of Hatsumōde, the first shrine of the year. This week I endured the crowds of one of the busiest shrines – Meiji Jingu in Tokyo – to pray to all the gods for good health and fortune. Anyone who knows me well knows I’m one of the unluckiest people, so here’s hoping my 5 yen worked. Does it matter I prayed in English…?

Wishing you all good health and luck for 2014.



2 Responses to “The New Year”
  1. ayakoyokota says:

    I like ur five yens lol. What a mess at Meiji Jingu. I have no courage to go there for Hatsumode…

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