We went to Shirahama shrine for the first time of this year to pray our health after check out yesterday.
This is the last message from us this year because we will be super busy tomorrow.
Thank you for everything this year and wish you a happy new year!!
As my daughter who lives in Kanagawa prefecture went back her home today we went to the nearest shrine together as usual before check in time.
Our family makes a first visit of the new year to this Shirahama shrine every year. As it was the 4th day of this new year there were not so many people there.
They had already been ready for the new year.
By the way, we were taken care of last year.
I hope the new year finds you in excellent spirit.
We had a little wind, but it was sunny and very warm here in Shimoda today.
I went to the nearest beach "Shirahama" with my son to take pictures.
As they had good waves there were a lot of surfers on the beach.
The children's day is a Japanese tradition to celebrate
Japanese boys and we pray that they will grow up healthy and strong.
A lot of people come to this shrine and they
watched the traditional dance performance.
And after that they had a ceremony to tell the
opening of festival to the gods on the seven islands on the pacific
Actually it is held on the first day, but they changed the date
because of rain yesterday.
Click the links below to see the pictures on our Facebook albums.
Today it was an eve of this festival and the young boys and
girls who are second year students in junior high attended the ceremony
which was held in the main shrine.
My second daughter also joined them.
Today, it is windy and a good condition for them.
But this weekend it would be the last chance for them to swim in the sky, I think.
Next week they will go to bed until next April!
It was a first vist of this year for us.
We, Japanese visit shrine at the beginning of new year to pray our health and happiness.
As we are in the new year holiday there were a lot of people there.