Today, the shrine in this picture (in Enoshima) will be overrun with people making their first shrine visit of the year. It will be overflowing with people even before the new year begins. They'll be returning the charms they bought last year, and buying new ones for this year. They'll be praying, and trying to … Continue reading
More lanterns from Enoshima, this time zigzagging up a hill at the start of the shrine's sando. Shrines and temples in Japan are getting ready for hatsumode, the first shrine/temple visit of the year. Lanterns are glowing all over the place.
We finally finished getting prices up on our Rakuten page, and within a day, the two rooms we have available were booked up for New Year's Eve and one of them booked up for the next two days. It's clear to me that Kamakura is the place to be for hatsumode (first shrine visit of … Continue reading New Year in Kamakura