I am not so religious. Still, it is nice to visit shrines or temples in new year. Refreshing ambiance is nice and it makes me think
" Let's make it happen (Various kinds of dreams) !"
Well, I visited Kitazawa Hachiman this year. ( I have visited big ones such as Meiji Shrine..... those ones are nice also,but too crowded and takes time. ) I went there around 9:30 a.m. so, there was very short line and I could come to the front very quickly. Some people visit shrines right after midnight. ( Very early January 1st. )
I bought this bell, a shape of mouse. ( This year's Zodiac Animal Symbol) Isn't this cute ?