Japan celebrates New Year with traditional fervour

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Tokyo, Jan 15 (ANI): New Year in Japan is exciting and is celebrated with the same amount of tradition, pomp and gaiety like in other countries. On New Year’s eve, visitors take part in ‘Hatsumode’, which means the first visit of the year to a temple. The visit to the shrine is undertaken around midnight and can be a truly memorable experience. It is a time when people gather to express their gratitude for divine protection during the past year and make wishes for a prosperous, healthy and successful year ahead. Hatsumode festivities are held at practically every shrine and temple across Japan. People purchase amulets and lucky charms at the beginning of the year. Items such as the Hama-ya arrow, which has been blessed by a priest and destroys evil, or the Omamori, a protective amulet, and other talismans are commonly purchased. Hot drinks are also served to the visitors. Japan consists of 47 prefectures and each of them has a special product of agriculture, fishery and sweets. All of them are provided with the “Asakusa Marugoto Nippon” or the “All of Japan” shopping mall. Customer can also enjoy the taste of their native places. The bakery of Tokyo and side dish shop of Tokushima Prefecture collaborate to produce tubular roll or Chikuwa Roll. Within 20 days of its launch, some 4

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