The most tranquil and solemn day at a shinto shrine.....
On a New Year Day in Japan many people visit a Shinto shrine. Famous shinto shrines are crowded with visitors! However the eve (December 31st), shrine precinct has been cleaned up, and extremely purified. We can feel a tranquil and solemn atomosphere there.
The most important purification ceremony, called "O-harai" is conducted on that day, and some devote people attend this ceremoy.
Tsubaki Grand Shrine, located in Suzuka-city, Mie accepts any people to join this purification ceremony. This shrine welcome foreign people and provide an English version of prayers.
On New Year Days, the approach to the shrine is lined with many food stalls, and we can enjoy yammy and inexpensive foods there.