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Lively New Year Season of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

The New Year Season is the busiest time of a year for Shinto shrines because of a tradition called “Hatsumoude”, the New Year’s Day shrine visit to present greetings to the kami and pray for happiness in the New Year.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is no exception and received enormous number of visitors for the first five days of January. People prayed and got amulets and lucky charms for the blessings.

During the period, various rituals were conducted such as Chona-hajime-shiki (Start of Carpentry Work) and Joma-shinji (Dispelling Evil with Sacred Arrows), which made the precinct’s atmosphere much livelier.

It is still, and will be, crowded with Hatsumoude-visitors in January.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu welcomes your Hatsumoude.

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