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New Years Eve Celebration

posted 16 Aug 2009, 20:36 by Unknown user   [ updated 16 Aug 2009, 21:28 ]
So far our chosen dates mean we'll be in Japan for New Years Eve.
So, I thought I'd look to see what to do for this night, and found these:

Zojoji Temple Countdown

(I think this is also called Tokyo Tower)
Photo by Junko Kimura / Getty Images
Place: Zojoji Temple 4-7-35 Shibakoen Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: Tokyo Subway Shibakoen or Onarimon Stations
Event: Visitors fly about 3,000 baloons, praying happiness and peace.
20:30 handing out of papers for writing wishes
22:30 handing out of baloons
23:30 New Year's Eve ceremony
23:59 Countdown for the new year

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Apparently the majority of people celebrate NYE at a temple or shrine, it is a very sentimental time of year.
Alot of references on the internet keep talking about this place which is near/in Shinjuku.
"At midnight, the Watch-night Bells are struck 108 times, and many people come during this time, welcoming the New Year with the sound of bells warding off the 108 worldly desires."