January 04, 2007
Hatsumode at Arai Yakushi
New Year in Japan means it's time for 'hatsumode', which when people visit their local shrine to pray for good things to come in the new year. I decided to check out Arai Yakushi in Nakano-ku on January 2nd to see what was going on. As you can imagine, it was packed, so much so that the queue was out of the gate and a full block down the street. I couldn't be bothered to wait my turn that day ~ maybe I'll go some other time in the coming days.