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At The Beginning Of A Year

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The author had make it a rule to visit to the shinto shrine near his house on New Year's Day. The Japanese usually have noodles for dinner on New Year's Eve, because noodles are thought to be the symbol of long life. At midnight all the temples ring their bells, bidding farewell to the old year. During the first three days of the New Year, the Tokyo air is far clearer than during the rest of the year, which might be the reason why it is easier to see Mt Fuji. The author had a rare chance to enjoy its startlingly beautiful view. Though the view was sometimes interrupted by tall buildings, the author's eyes constantly followed the mountain. On the third day, the author and her husband also visited the Seven Deities of Fortune in Nihon-bashi.

Keywords: Japanese; Mt Fuji; New Year's Eve; Nihon-bashi; noodles; Seven Deities of Forture; tall buildings; Tokyo



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