New Year Prayers

Been away from shooting lately – only 2 days into work at the office this year, but they've been a hectic couple of days.  Luckily I was able to get out and shooting a bit before work started, and this was taken at Meiji Jingu shrine on January 3rd.

It's customary for people in Japan to visit shrines and temples to pray on/around the new year holidays (from Jan. 1st to 3rd).  During this time, it gets very crowded with lines of people waiting their turn to toss in a coin, clap their hands, and bow their heads in a moment of prayer.

I joined in a quick prayer of my own as well, but I won't tell you what I prayed for as that's a secret!  😉

I wish you all the best for 2013 – may it bring us peace and joy.

Good night from Tokyo.  🙂
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8 Comments

  • January 8, 2013 - 00:33 | Permalink

    The one woman with a lighter coloured jacket stands out beautifully :o)

  • January 8, 2013 - 02:12 | Permalink

    Indeed +michelle vitard !  I was actually waiting for people to stand where the light reflected so nicely, and got lucky that the person (this lady) stepped in that spot wearing an outfit that helped her stand out even more 🙂

  • January 8, 2013 - 02:33 | Permalink

    Aha – then it seems your many blessing for the year has begun :o)

  • January 8, 2013 - 02:42 | Permalink

    Didn't think of it +michelle vitard , but maybe you're right.  I do have lots of wishes for this year, wish me luck.  🙂

  • January 8, 2013 - 03:37 | Permalink

    May you be at the right place at the right time :o)

  • January 8, 2013 - 05:41 | Permalink

    Thanks +michelle vitard 🙂

  • January 8, 2013 - 11:33 | Permalink

    +Jeff Matsuya well you know what we are wishing for  🙂

  • January 8, 2013 - 13:45 | Permalink

    I think I can guess +Peggy M :p

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