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Hatsumode at Kanda Myojin

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on January 26, 2015

This year I visited the famous Kanda Myojin Shrine near Akhibara for hatsumode – the first visit to a shrine of the year – pretty early in the day. Lots of people and the obligatory new year’s lion dance. I have seen dozens of lion dancers throughout my years living in Tokyo but the dancers of this troupe is by far the best so far. The most endearing part of this tradition is when they hold up the little kids to have their heads “bitten” by the lions, which is supposed to make for strong healthy children. The bravest ones go through it with a smile but the smaller kids often cry fiercely at the prospect, obviously these kids get the biggest cheers of approval from the sympathetic audience.

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  1. JUURI said, on January 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Awwww! The leetle kaze-gimi boy with a mask is toooo cute! It’d be pretty scary to be bitten by the lions. Perhaps any child who survives the scary experience without crying has been given a dash of bravery already!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 30, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Haha… nothing grows strong that isn’t hardened a little in the process! (^-^)

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