Hanazono-jinja Shinjuku NYD 2013
Category: Spontaneous Moments
Photo and caption by John K. Goodman
A popular New Years' tradition in Japan is to visit the local temple, or Jinja, on new years day. At Hanazono-jinja (花園神社)in Shinjuku, Tokyo, the gates are opened and hundreds of thousands of people stream in over three days to give a traditional New Year’s Prayer and donate to the temple, and in return receive a fortune written on a rolled piece of paper which can give insights into the year ahead.