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New Year’s visit to a shrine or temple

New Year’s visit to a shrine or temple / New Year’s Day is the key to the rest of the year—following this proverb, the Japanese flock to a shrine or temple to pray for health and peace, and share their commitment to a New Year’s resolution. Many houses of worship attract a crowd before midnight, when the bell is rung 108 times. Join the kimono-clad visitors and visit a shrine or temple. Shop for good-luck charms, snack at food stalls, and start the New Year fresh.
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