Posts Tagged ‘shrine’

Hatsumōde

Hatsumōde

Shinnen akemashite o-medetō-gozaimasu means “Happiness to you on the dawn of a new year.” I like that a lot. The celebration of the New Year is a big deal in Japan. At shrines and temples across the country, bells are struck 108 times at midnight on December 31, followed by the collective gobbling of soba […]


With Sincere Heart

With Sincere Heart

When I moved to Korea, my first weekend in Seoul was during the Lunar New Year holiday. I lived in a relatively quiet, residential neighborhood away from the busy-ness of central Seoul, made even quieter by the national holiday. Shops were closed, streets were empty, not a creature was stirring, and so on. My first […]