Happy 2022! 明けましておめでとうございます。
Thank you everyone for your support through 2021🙏🙇♀️. You helped me get through the difficult year. Let's hope for a much better year this year😊!
Hatsumode is the first visit to a shrine or temple during the first few days of January, where people pray for a fortunate year ahead. Some shrines and temples organize festivities with stalls that sell food, omikuji (fortune-telling strips of paper for drawing) and omamori, lucky charms to wish for safety, prosperity of descendants, good exam results, love and wealth.
At shrines, first, throw some coins into a box in front of the altar, ring the bell using the rope hanging down from it, bow twice, clap your hands twice in front of your chest, and lastly bow one more time. No clapping at temples.
Some people go out in traditional kimono.
If you get a chance to visit Japan in the future, over new years is a great time to experience Japanese traditions.