Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Like is traditional for Japanese people to visit a shrine in the first days of the year for Hatsumode or first shrine visit. Like last year, I joined the most of three million people visiting Meiji Shrine for hatsumode.
Like last year, I avoided the first days to try to evade of the crowds, but still I found a large number of visitors, still this crowd is quite small compared with the ones found on the first day.
Unlike previous years, this year the crowd was managed better by the police, as less people were allowed into the main hall at the same time, allowing for a less stressful moment for prayer and offering to the Shrine.
To end the shrine visit, and celebrate that this year only took three hours, the best is to take a walk through Omotesando, which is beautifully illuminated this time of the year.