Shimogamo-jinja Shrine with old and new ema (large votive tablet)

Just the other day, I thought it was the new year, but now I hear the bell of New Year's Eve.

Preparations for passing the baton from the animal of the Oriental zodiac signs, mouse to ox have begun.

There are shrines and temples with Ema (a votive picture tablet) of the Ox on the grounds that are quickly welcoming new year.

Also, in some temples and shrines, Ema (a votive picture tablet) of old and new Eto are displayed side by side.

For example, I paid a visit to the shrine on New Year's Day in 2020 "Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine)".

At present, at the end of the year, both the ox and the cub welcome visitors to the Maiden Oema (large votive picture tablet).

The large Ema (a votive picture tablet) at Shimogamo-jinja Shrine is characterized by the realistic portrayal of the Oriental zodiac signs.

It's fun that each shrine has different taste of Ema (a votive picture tablet)!

Preparations for the New Year started in the precincts of Shimogamo Shrine, and it was surrounded by the atmosphere unique to Toshinose.

During the New Year of Corona disaster, it is recommended to visit the shrine in a dispersed manner.

I think there are some people who finished worshipping in December ahead of schedule.

Shimogamo-jinja Shrine accepts Hatsumode (New year's worship) until Friday, January 15.

Some temples and shrines make Hatsumode (New year's worship) during January or until Setsubun in February, so please avoid visiting in secret.

It's a restless world, but I hope 2021 will be a good year for all of you.

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