Getting the year's first prayer in

Lifestyle Dec 24, 2015

Getting the year's first prayer in

by Ryotaro Aoki

Whether we are Buddhists, followers of Shintoism or atheists, the first thing many Japanese do on ganjitsu (New Year's Day) is go to their local shrine or temple for hatsumōde, a symbolic first visit of the year. If it's not done on Jan. 1, ...