New Year Lion Dance at the Nishimukiten Jinja (西向天神社の獅子舞) (Video)

The traditional way to enter the new year

A German version of this posting you can find here.
Eine deutsche Version dieses Artikels finden Sie hier.

It is probably not completely unknown that Japan has its very special ways to welcome the new year – ways that won’t be found elsewhere. Visits to Buddist temples and Shintō shrines are among those beautiful – and sometimes, especially at the grand temples and shrines, a rather crowded – traditions.

But also places that are less known have their way of attracting the people’s attention. Just by chance I passed the Nishimukiten Jinja (西向天神社) in Shinjuku Rokuchōme, when a lion dance (shishimai / 獅子舞) was performed. The video below may not be up to your standards (and also ends rather abruptly), but it may give you an impression of the colourful activities during the first days of the new year.

Address of the Nishimukiten Jinja:

6-21-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō 160-0022

Location of the Nishimukiten Jinja:

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One Response to New Year Lion Dance at the Nishimukiten Jinja (西向天神社の獅子舞) (Video)

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