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Hatsumoude (初詣)

Generally, we call January first “Gantan” or “Ganjitu” and the first seven days of the year “Shougatu”. Most Japanese visit shrines and temples at “Shougatu”. We call it “Hatumoude”. There, we pray for good health and happiness for the year.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e9/YutenjiHatsumoude.jpg/800px-YutenjiHatsumoude.jpg

Originally, people visited shrines and temples that lie to the “Ehou” or the “Kyipou”.
“Ehou” means a general lucky direction for the year and “Kyipou” means an individual lucky direction for the year. Both based on the twelve animal signs of the Oriental zodiac. For example this year is the Year of the Tiger. So general lucky direction : “Ehou” in this year is West-Southwest. And I was born in the Year of the Serpent. That’s why my individual lucky directions in this year are East, Southeast and Northwest. Therefore people didn’t concentrate at the same shrines or temples.
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But recently, a large number of people have been going to famous shrines and temples.
The most popular destination of “Hatumode” in Kamakura and its environs is “Turugaoka Hachiman-Gu shrine : “鶴岡八幡宮".
http://www.treep.jp/kamakura/images/hatsumoude/hatsumoude_main.jpg

Every year, about 2.5 million people visited there for only the first three days of year. This is the fifth largest number of visitor in Japan. Incidentally, Japan has around 80 thousand shrines.

By TS on Jan 2, 2010
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