January 1, 2009

New Year's Day 2009@LA Downtown

We went to Little Tokyo in LA Downtown to celebrate new year.
That first shirine/temple visit of the New Year is called Hatsumode in Japan.
Koyasan Buddhist temple/ 高野山真言宗米国別院


We bought omamori (Japanese amulets) at the temple.
And we did omikuji (Japanese traditional random fortunes). My boyfriend and I both got the best one, Daikichi (excellent)!!


















They are doing Mochitsuki, the traditional mochi-pounding ceremony in Japan.










California Department of Transportation District 7 Headquarters Building











Los Angeles City Hall







Happy New Year!




Little Tokyo/ リトル東京 (Official Site/ wikipedia)

Hatsumode/ 初詣 (wikipedia)

Omamori/ お守り (wikipedia)

Omikuji/ おみくじ (wikipedia)

Mochitsuki/ 餅つき (wikipedia)

California Department of Transportation District 7 Headquarters Building

Los Angeles City Hall
/ ロサンゼルス市庁舎 (wikipedia)

ロサンゼルス、ダウンタウン

3 comments:

Erina said...

いいなぁ~!初詣~!
これって、1月1日のみしかやってないんですか?
わたしも、御守買ったりおみくじ引いたりしたい~~っ
1月3日はもうやってないかしらん?

A.I. said...

んーちょっとわかんないです...日本の感覚なら3日までは正月気分だからやってそうですけどね...でもお寺自体はやってると思うので、お守りは買えるんじゃないかな?
時間があるならぜひ行ってみてください!

Anima said...

Konnichiwa!
Your photos are stunning.
Real life, real people...
I look forward to visiting here again:)
(btw thanks for being my follower!)