A New Year in Japan

A few images from January in Japan…

“Don’t go to Futenma,” Misako warns.

“The goddess there is very jealous.”

“You might have relationship problems this year.”

I’m living in Okinawa, and my friend Misako is giving advice. It’s New Year’s Eve, and everyone at the party we’re at is talking about where they’re going for hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the year. All over Japan, people flock to shrines to honor Shinto deities and make wishes. Read the rest of my published article about New Year’s Day in Japan …


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