Happy New Year!!

Hatsumoude; the First Visit to a Shrine

Happy New Year and a prosperous 2016!
Many Japanese people visit a Shinto shrine during the first three days of January in order to make traditional New Year’s wishes for health and happiness and . This is called Hatsumode, the first visit to a shrine. Some people buy lucky charms or amulets called Omamori to wish for wellbeing or success. Also, like to buy Omikuji
as well, which is a lottery that tells you your fortune for the year. Daikichi is the best and Daikyo is the worst. I bought an auspicious object called Kumade(PIC on left) to rake in happiness and prosperity to business and family. There were rows of stalls called Demise and I got salt-grilled sweetfish(PIC on right) from one of them. May all your wished come trure!
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Yuya Shibata -CEO, Wabi・Sabi, Inc.