It’s common for Japanese to go on pilgrimages at the beginning of the year to ensure good fortune for the rest of the year. This could mean just visiting a local shrine or temple, throwing a few coins (denominations in multiples of 5 are luckiest) into the slatted collection box and saying a little prayer. Or you can do one of the longer pilgrimages where several temples are visited.
The oldest one in Tokyo is the Yamate walk and it just so happened to be near my place so here’s my log of the journey. Continue reading The Seven Lucky Gods