Tokyo Countdown – 2012
For the New Year countdown I did something unusual and attended a big countdown event in Zojoji, a large temple in the middle of Tokyo, just behind the big Tokyo Tower. The temple staff told us there were supposed to be about 30 000 people there but it was easily the most crowded event I have ever been in, it must have been closer to 100 000 people attending. Several thousand attendants had been given a balloon in which to attach there new year’s wishes and prayers and everyone was supposed to release them at the start of the new year! The balloons were made of biodegradable flour (I think) and contained a few flower seeds each. It will be interesting to see if there’s an increase in wild flowers around Tokyo this summer! Here’s a fun video from last year, taken from very close to where I was standing, even if the picture quality is bad it’s fun to listen to girls going “Sugoi sugoi sugoi!” over and over!
It was really hard to get any decent photos, but these might give you an idea. It was much to crowded for me though, next year I will go back to a more traditional shinto shrine countdown ceremony! Happy New Year, Akemashite omododeto gozaimasu! アケオメ！