Hatsumōde [初詣(はつもうで)]

Hatsumōde[初詣(はつもうで)] is to go to Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple to worship at Shōgatsu[正月(しょうがつ)](Japanese New Year) and people practice that for praying for good luck and safety for the new year.

Matsudo Shrine in the season of Hatsumōde, 2017Matsudo Shrine in the season of Hatsumōde, 2017Matsudo Shrine in the season of Hatsumōde, 2017Matsudo Shrine in the season of Hatsumōde, 2017Matsudo Shrine in the season of Hatsumōde, 2017
Matsudo Shrine in the season of Hatsumōde, 2017



That was originally called 'Toshigomori[年籠り(としごもり)]' and it was a ceremony that a family head stayed at a shrine for praying from the night of Ōmisoka[大晦日(おおみそか)](New Year's Eve) to Gantan[元旦(がんたん)](the morning of January 1st).

Usa Shrine in the season of Hatsumōde
Usa Shrine in the season of Hatsumōde at Usa City, Ōita Prefecture



When going to Hatsumōde, people bring old amulet and Hamaya[破魔矢(はまや)](arrow-shaped charm for expelling evil) and leave them at the shrine or temple and buy a new amulet, etc. And they write a wish on Ema[絵馬(えま)] which is a wooden plaque for dedicating to a shrine or temple.

Ema of Ueno Tōshō-gū Shrine
Ema of Ueno Tōshō-gū Shrine





Meiji Shrine[明治神宮(めいじじんぐう)] in Tokyo is the most popular Hatsumōde spot and about three million people visit there at the time of Hatsumōde. And Shinshō-ji Temple[新勝寺(しんしょうじ)](Chiba), Kawasaki-daishi Temple[川崎大師(かわさきだいし)](Kanagawa), Sensō-ji Temple[浅草寺(せんそうじ)](Tokyo), Sumiyoshi Shrine[住吉大社(すみよしたいしゃ)](Osaka) are popular.

Meiji Shrine in the season of Hatsumōde
Meiji Shrine in the season of Hatsumōde

Kwasaki-daishi Temple
Kawasaki-daishi Temple

Sensō-ji Temple
Sensō-ji Temple





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