In Japan, there is a custom of going to “Hatsumode” for the new year.
This time, I tried to cover this beginning. There are various opinions and ideas, and some are different, but here are some common ones.
What is Hatsumode？
In this new year, we will visit the shrines and temples for the first time and pray for the happiness of the year.
In the past, in order to pray for good harvests and family safety, the family head will stay in a shrine dedicated to Mr. Ujigami from the night of December 31 to the morning of New Year's Day on January 1. There was a custom called “Toshigomori”.
It is divided into “Joyamoude” to visit on the night of Omisoka and “New Year's Day” to visit on the morning of New Year's Day. It is said to be the origin of Hatsumode.
Until the Edo era, it was Egata Pass going to the shrine in that year's Eho (good fortune), but from the middle of the Meiji Era, you should visit famous shrines and temples regardless of the way It ’s the beginning of today.
Until when is the first time?
There are many things to say and it doesn't seem to be decided clearly.
It is often said that Sanga Sun (January 1 to January 3) and Matsunouchi.
Matsunouchi is the period when Kadomatsu is decorated, and until January 7th in Kanto and until January 15th in Kansai.
It is sometimes said that it should be done in January, so it seems that there is no problem even when you can go.
The “mode” of Hatsumode means to go on your own will, so it ’s important to go on your own.
Things to do Hatsumode
In general, what is new is:
It is not always necessary to do so, just for your reference.
1 Dedicating old bills and amulets
At the shrine, the bills and amulets that you have paid will be purified and rolled up. I thank you last year and give it.
2 Pay and worship
I pray for the safe fulfillment and wishes of the new year. There seems to be a lot of telling about the amount of money, but if you introduce it for your reference, “1 yen: there is a relationship”, “5 yen: there is a relationship”, “50 yen: 5 It means “I have a heavy edge” and “100 yen: I have a hundred edges”.
10 yen is "toen(=not good)" because the edge is far away. Also, it is better to avoid 500 yen as "koreijono kokahanai(=not effect)".
3 Draw a fortune
Draw a fortune to tell the year. Some people tie the drawn fortunes to the shrine to fulfill, and others take it home.
When tying up, it's good manners to tie it at a fixed point.
4 Receive a bill or amulet
You will receive a new bill or amulet. There are various types of talisman such as safety, health, schoolwork, money luck and so on, so choose what you want.
In addition, we may dedicate Ema. Ema is dedicated as a thank you when you write a wish or when your wish is fulfilled.
Where are you going?
There are many people who go to famous shrines and temples, but it is very crowded during the first season.
In this article, we will introduce three well-known places in the Kanto area.
Please refer to it.
Awa Shrine, Chiba
A shrine in Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture.
Although it is in a private house, it is a very spacious site.
Go through the torii gate at the entrance, and if you proceed, you will find another torii.
You can visit in the hall.
In addition, this shrine has a large sacred tree of oak trees.
A powerful, very solid sacred tree.
Address: 589 Ojingu, Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture
Home page：http://www.awajinjya.org/index.htm (only Japanese)
Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Naritasan
This is the Yokohama Annex of Naritasan in Chiba.
There are eight separate annexes in Naritasan, one of which.
This is a rich variety of fortune.
There was a foreign language fortune.
A fortune with a cute beckoning cat.
Address: 30 Miyazakicho, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Home Page：http://yokohamanaritasan.com/top/ (only Japanese)
Kanagawa Prefecture Isesan Emperor Grand Shrine
It is close to Yokohama Naritasan.
This shrine has a history of 150 years.
During the first season, there are stalls such as takoyaki.
Address: Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama City Nishi-ku Miyazakicho 64
Home Page：http://www.iseyama.jp/ (only Japanese)
If you come to Japan at the beginning of the year, how about your first visit?