I'm proud to say that we made it through 2011 in one piece. The year had so many ups, downs, happy times and sad times. The great thing about having a New Year is a fresh start!
We were outside at Midnight on New Years and heard the bell at our neighborhood shrine. Many people in our neighborhood were heading to the shrine to welcome the New Year. We also decided to check it out and I'm glad we did. It was very festive at the shrine with fires were burning in pits (also see the picture on the page), sake, people in traditional dress, and omamori. I'm so happy we had the pleasure of participating in this annual ritual.
|Ritual of clapping, bell ringing and bowing.|
|People walking to and from shrine.|
|A spectacular view.|