Straw decorations

Capturing beauty of straw decorations The Yomiuri Shimbun  December 11, 2017 Shimekazari are rice straw decorations generally put up in or outside Japanese homes to welcome the Toshigami god that bestows good fortune on New Year’s Day. Although shimekazari remain … Continue reading

L.A. Oshogatsu (New Year)

Shinto opportunity in the City of Angels coming up! Little Tokyo in Los Angeles celebrates New Year’s Day with an Oshogatasu Festival. Live entertainment, stalls, Japanese food, mochi-making, taiko, kendo – and a Shinto priestess with sacred items on offer. … Continue reading

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