To complete our Japanese New Year’s rituals we went for a quick visit to the local shrine. Hachi Man Jinja is it’s name. It’s about five minutes from our house. Normally people go and visit right after midnight, but it’s cold and we were tired so we went this afternoon.
You go and throw some coins in the donation box, ring the bell, and wish for good luck in the coming year. While we were there I spotted these really cool lion sculptures. I liked how the eyes and mouth were painted in a bright red color.