Extra scene in 2015 Preparation for the new year?

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Bottling springwater is a common sight in Sado

There are many fountains in Sado since Sado is blessed with two mountain ranges, Osado mountain range  in the north and Kosado

mountain range in the south.

One of the popular fountains is called "Hikkake-shimizu" in Hatano.

Extra scene in 2015    Preparation for the new year?

After waiting for 10 mimutes in a cold winter day...

 Extra scene in 2015    Preparation for the new year?

It was my turn.

Health-conscious people often drink springwater sold in supermarkets or go and bottle it once in a while. 

I do this not for my health.  I feel connected to Mother Nature by having something produced naturally.

 

People usually visit shrines on New Year's Day, but ...

After bottling springwater, I headed to "Ukajin" shrine in Ryotsu.

Of course, I visit shrines on Jan.1st like others.  But people who prefer tranquility like me, it's nice to visit shrines before the new 

year's chaos.

Extra scene in 2015    Preparation for the new year?

 Ukajin shrine is located on top of the hill.

 

Extra scene in 2015    Preparation for the new year?

Main torii gate of Ukajin shrine. 

 

Extra scene in 2015    Preparation for the new year?

 You have to go up these steep stone steps!

I lost count in the middle, but there are about 400 steps or more??

I thought I was the only one to visit the shrine few days earlier before the new year, but.... foot steps!

Oh, well.  Maybe local people make it a routine to visit the shrine everyday??

Extra scene in 2015    Preparation for the new year?

 

Finally, I reached the main building, out of breath!

Extra scene in 2015    Preparation for the new year?

It is said that a white snake is enshrined here as a god of wealth, so some worshippers offer eggs for the god.

 The view from the shrine is spectacular!  Snow on rooftops and paddy fields.

 Extra scene in 2015    Preparation for the new year?

 Another view from the shrine, looking down Ryotsu Bay.

Extra scene in 2015    Preparation for the new year?

 Feeling purified and energized, I went down the hill.

Many poeple anticipate the coming year to be much more happy and peaceful.

Let's share happiness around the world next year!

 

 

 

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