Happy New Year!

明けましておめでとうございます!

Happy New Year!

We got on our bikes at around 11:15 and cycled to a nearby temple to join the New Year festivities. It was a very cold, but clear night here in Tokyo. 

There were lots of stalls selling a variety of foods, drinks, and other festive gear (such as pikachu face-masks).

The crowds waited patiently at the front entrance to the temple

It's traditional to buy a fortune written on a strip of paper, called o-mikuji (御御籤). It's also traditional to tie the fortune to these ropes at the temple, so that the fortune may have greater effect.

Our fortunes, tied to rope at the temple

A Happy New Year to all that read (and will read) my blog over the coming year. I'll strive to develop my photography in as many ways as possible. Thanks for dropping by, and I wish you all the best for 2014!