We had a nice Christmas, but New Year's is the big holiday in Japan. Everyone goes with their families to the shrines to pray. We decided to brave the crowds downtown this year to experience New Year's Day as the Japanese do. Also to eat at the many food vendors that are out that day. A nice, festive atmosphere, and of course, good food as always!
This is the crowd of people making their way up to the shrine.
Looking back away from the shrine.
We were at the front of the line here waiting for our turn. They would only let so many people in at a time. Once you get up to the shrine, the Japanese people would pray and throw money into the center area. We gave the kids some coins to throw in.
Here's another view of the crowd.
Beaver enjoyed the hot dog he got at the end, if nothing else!
A quick video that Mike took.