Sunday, January 3, 2010

our japanese new year

We took the opportunity to join our friends and visit Sasebo's Temple on New Year's Eve! Here are a few pictures from our experience:

There were booths throughout the temple selling various festival foods. Here is Manami purchasing our taco yaki - Octopus Balls.

The busy, crowded temple. Here we waited in line to throw an offering in the shrine, ring the bell by those giant ropes, and say a prayer.

The year of the tiger!

Manami, Brandon, and I with our fortunes at the temple. Just a warning: they both said babies.

Exchanging arrows. The arrow is a symbol that protects your household from demons throughout the year.

Reggie, Manami, Brandon, & Jewell.

Akamashite Omedeto Gozaimasu!

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