The traditional way to enter the new year
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