The Way Home - Hanazono-jinja Shinjuku NYD 2013

Category: Sense of Place


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.

Location: Shinjuku,Tokyo,Japan


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