JOYA-NO-KANE, HATSUMODE DAN HATSUHINODE: TRADISI PERALIHAN TAHUN DI NAGOYA, JEPANG

NEW YEAR’S EVE TRADITION AND THE FIRST DAY OF NEW YEAR IN NAGOYA

Joya-no-Kane 除夜の鐘

Joya-no-kane is the tolling of temple bells 108 times beginning at midnight on New Year’s Eve. This custom is based on the Buddhist belief that man has 108 impurities and the ringing of the bells is believed to purify people’s hearts. There are several temples, in and around Nagoya, where you can actually try your hand at ringing the bells and freeing yourself of the worries of 2010. Be sure to arrive before midnight to avoid disappointment.

Don’t worry about getting there – the subways will be running ALL NIGHT!

These include:

– Koshoji Temple near Yagoto Subway Station. Admission is free
– Higashi Betsuin near Higashi-Betsuin Subway Station exit 4. Admission is free
– Arako Kannon in Nakagawa-ku – a nine-minute walk from Takabata Station, on the Higashiyama Subway Line. Admission is 500 Yen; and Kasadera Kannon near Meitetsu Kasadera Station. Admission is 300 Yen.

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Hatsumode 初詣

This is the traditional custom of making the first visit of the New Year to a Shinto shrine to pray for safety, happiness and prosperity for the coming year.

■Shiroyama Hachimangu 城山八幡宮 – a 10 minute walk up the road from Motoyama Subway Station, exit 1. Take a right at the 2nd set of lights.
■Yamada Tenmangu 山田天満宮- a 10 minute walk from Ozone Station – just follow the JR train tracks north towards JR Shin-Moriyama.
Atsuta Jingu 熱田神宮- a 10 minute walk from Jingu Nishi Subway Station, exit 2. Follow the crowds!

If you have never been to hatsumode before, before going make sure to look up the terms omamori, omikuji, and ema.

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Hatsuhinode 初日の出

This is the first sunrise of the New Year.

Midland Square – ミッドランドスクエア スカイプロムナード

The building’s Sky Promenade is Japan’s highest open-air observation deck.
Open from 06:00 on Jan 1. Sunrise at around 06:58. Admission 700 Yen, children 300 Yen

Nagoya TV Tower – 名古屋テレビ塔

Open from 05:30 on Jan 1.  Admission 600 Yen, children 300 Yen.

(NIC EVENT INFORMATION)

henri daros

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