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 :-)
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.
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.