A young girl and her grand mother read happily the fortune paper beside the bonfire in the front garden of the Amanuma Hachiman Shrine. In today morning, I walked to the shrine to wish that I may be happy and healthy (and rich…lol ) all through this year. I don’t buy the fortune telling paper, but almost of believers buy it and the defeating-evil-spirit arrow at least. For young people, the visiting shrine in the New Year Day is one of the reasons to go out with their sweet heart. The younger boys and girls go out in the evening of the last day of the year to visit shrine in the midnight and to see the first Sun rising in the year with their school mates or friends. So all trains and subways and buses runs all through the night.
(The Amanuma Hachiman shrine, Suginami ward)