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.
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.