Monday, January 7, 2013

New Year 2013 Hozanji Pilgrimage

明けましておめでとうございます。今年もよろしくお願いします。Happy New Year 2013 from VAOJ! For the last few years my hatsumode (first visit to a shrine or temple at new year's time) has been to my local shinto shrine - New Year's greetings to my neighbors have become increasingly important as I have become more active in my local community. Equally important spiritually and anthropologically is my annual new year's pilgrimage to Hozanji temple in Ikoma, Nara. I have probably been to this temple over 100 times and have taken thousands of photos there. But there is always something that captures my eye and needs to be recorded. Here is the latest batch.

Here's hoping for a peaceful, happy and successful 2013.

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