Hatsumode - First Visit of the Year to the Shrine or Temple

Published January 2020.

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Hatsumode (Shoto) is a Japanese term used to refer to the first visit to the Shinto shrine in the New Year. Usually the Japanese go to a temple still on December 31st to attend the Buddhist ceremony where they are sung 108 chimes bell to celebrate the new year.

And in the first 3 days of the year there is the first visit to the Temples or Shrines to ask for the year to be very lucky, healthy and prosperous, the first day is the main date, but nowadays some Japanese let go on day 2 or 3 to avoid the commotion.

The temples or shrines of the cities or neighborhoods where they live receive visitors all day long during the first three days of the year. But Japan's famous temples and shrines such as Meiji (Tokyo), Fushimi Inari (Kyoto), Sumiyoshi Taisha (Osaka) and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu (Kanagawa) receive not many visitors but millions of visitors during the first three days of the year.

The main purpose of the visit is to pray (pray) for prosperity, safety and good health (or whatever else you expect) for the coming year.

The Japanese throw a coin into the offering box, the coin is an offering to the Gods, and this custom is very important for those who follow Shinto beliefs, after tossing the coin they say a short prayer.

On the day are also sold various types of talismans to bring good luck, known as Omamori, Daruma and Maneki Neko.

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