Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's Visit to a Shrine (Hatumoude) etc;


*New Year’s Visit to a Shrine (hatumoude)& Omikuji*
          A Happy new Year to Everyone!
Visiting shrine on the Jan. first, second, or third to wish for the peaceful and healthy year is the very important first of the year event. New omamori (charms or amulets) are bought,  and the old ones are returned to the shrine so they can be burned. I bought some for us. Long queue to the Main Shrine.


According to the Chinese Zodiac sign, this year is the year of Bird. I was born in the sheep year. If you are interested in what year you were born, you can check yours and your character from this page.

There were three types of Omikuji (おみくじ), I chose English version :-)  
Happy that my year is going to be a fairly good one.

People are buying Omamori and you can see lovely shrine maiden. 
*Two Birds I found on our way back from  visiting shrine*
Male Redstart   While we stopped our car, this one Came and Perched on the near by electric wire and the other one on the block fence.
Eastern Buzzard    my husband found perching on the tree very far place while he kindly making detour.

I found this flower this Oct.  Sorry that I couldn't identify its name.

Year-end and and new-year is definitely we need our family member to enjoy togather!!!  I DO hope everyone is having happy new year with your family.
I'll see you next week and try visiting you until then.

Linking this post to, "SEASONS", "MosaicMonday" "Our World Tuesday",

27 comments:

Tamago said...

Happy Tori-doshi, Miyako san! That's a long line at the shrine! Reminds me of times when I visited shrine for new year as a child :-) It's very neat that they have English omikuji. I'm interested in drawing hana-mikuji. Glad your omikuji predicted a good year!
Such great photos of the birds! Your husband is always so sweet to make detour, stop, etc for you :-) I have no idea what kind of flower, either, but they are very pretty in pink.
I wish you, your husband, and all your loved ones a very happy new year!

jeannettestgermain said...

A very happy New year to you and your family! Love the three hangings above the main door:) And what a treat to also find birds on your way back!Many thanks for sharing this yearly event with ALL SEASONS:)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

The new year has started wonderfully for you. What a sweet find -- those two birds. Happy New Year!

Savita Shetty said...

Very pretty pictures and nice write-up.

Handmade in Israel said...

What an interesting post! Such a beautiful building... and the birds too! Happy to read that I was born in the year of the dog :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello Miyako, the Shrine is beautiful. I was born in the year of the monkey. The Redstart is a gorgeous bird, awesome photos. Love the cool Buzzard too. Great post and photos.

Happy New Year to you and your family.
Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating post and photos of your New Year Tradition ~ and lovely photo of the beautiful bird ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year ~ ^_^

riitta k said...

It is interesting to read about your habits. I love the sound of the word 'omamori'! Your birds are always brilliant too! I think the flower is some species of the Sedum family..

So nice to read your joyful posts this year too. Wishing you dear Miyako all the best & happiness in 2017!
- says riitta in the middle of the Finnish snowy winter :))

Sussi said...

wonderful photos! Happy New Year!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Bill was born in a rabbit year and I was born in a dragon. That was a very interesting link; we both enjoyed reading it.

I'm glad you got to visit the Shrine -- that WAS a long line!!

Your beautiful calendar page for January is on the bulletin board in front of me -- I see it and think of you each time I sit down at the computer. Thank you again so much for the lovely gift to all of us. All of us (your blogging friends) are so fortunate to know you!




Michelle said...

Happy New Year to you! I was born in the year of the monkey. Thank you for linking up and I hope to see you again next week!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy new year sweet lady! And thanks for sharing so many beautiful photos. The buzzard you saw looks so much like our hawks here. I'm wishing you the best of years...filled with good health and happiness. Sweet hugs, Diane

Claire Moxon-Waltz said...

Hi Miyako! I was born in 1969 - I think it is also the same year - the rooster (bird?) year. Maybe it will be a lucky year for me! I love all your pictures of the shrine and the reading about the interesting traditions. It is great to see your interesting birds as well - so different from ours! Have a wonderful year ahead!

Margaret Adamson said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOUa andI hope 2027 will be a very healthy year for you also. I love the shots of the Redstart.

Tony McGurk said...

The Redstart is such a beautiful little bird.

Gosia k said...

Thanks for joining to my fences. Love from Poland

eileeninmd said...

Hello Miyako, what a lovely post. The Shrine is beautiful. I love the pretty Redstart and the cute dog. Cool capture of the Buzzard. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Ida said...

Happy New Year! - Such a lovely post. The shrine is beautiful. Lovely flowers and some very nice bird shots. Looking forward to blogging with you again this year.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Hello Miyako, Happy New Year to you! I enjoyed learning about the Japanese new year tradition and also loved the birds you found and managed to photograph so beautifully. I am born in the year of the boar, and my partner Bill is born in the year of the monkey. Thank you for that fascinating link!

Anni said...

The shrine is something I'd never see in real time, I'm glad you shared. And the beautiful flowers and surroundings.

The two birds, the redstart and the buzzard...gorgeous images!!!

I'm glad you shared this post with us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend...thanks!!!

Rambling Woods said...

Hello Mikako! Greetings from my snowy home. I love how you always weave your culture into your posts as I have learned so much from you.. hug..Michelle

bettyl-NZ said...

Your photos of the shrine are just lovely! It certainly is busy there. The birds are so pretty, especially the first one.

pattisjarrett said...

That's an interesting tradition. Thanks for sharing. It looks cold, seeing the people wearing coats. Beautiful birds!

Maggie said...

Happy New Year Orchid,
I'm happy that your omikuji was a good one I wish you all the very best for 2017. I checked my birth year on the chart and discovered that I was born in the year of the Tiger.
Thanks for joining us for MM this week.
Maggie

Snap said...

Happy New Year, Orchid! Wonderful post. I love learning about New Year traditions. I'm an Ox! Cute little pup and love the birds. Happy Monday!

Lorrie said...

Happy New Year, Orchid! It's always interesting to read about new year traditions around the world. Thank you for showing your visit to the shrine. I hope that 2017 is a love-filled year for you.

edenhills said...

What a wonderful tradition for the beginning of the year! I do hope 2017 is a good year for you. The first bird is quite lovely. Thanks so much for joining in Friday's Hunt. Hope you have a great week!