New Year’s Crowd at Kamakura

Written by on January 5, 2009 in Life, Culture, Events, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

New Year's Crowd at Kamakura

A crowd of people surge up the steps of the main shrine at Kamakura (Kamakura Hachimangu). An immense line of people were waiting. They were allowed forward in groups of several hundred at a time. Video displays explained that preparations had begun at 5am. Japanese people visit shrines at the beginning of the year hoping for luck (basically wanting to get get “right” in a (ambiguous but desired) practical-spiritual sense. I’ve heard that 80 percent of all Japanese will visit a shrine during this period of the year. Most will claim a religion (usually Buddhism), but they do not consider themmselves “believers.”

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