New Years Eve 2011 – Tokyo Japan – Zojoji Temple

January 4, 2011 · 9 comments

This is how they celebrate new years in Japan. Note a distinct lack of fireworks – but quite a lot of balloons!

People tie a bit of paper to the balloon with their wishes for the year (prosperous, wealth, health, etc)

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Alouise January 4, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Wow, that looked like a really amazing way to ring in 2011.
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AdventureRob January 5, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Yeah it was sweet, very different to most other countries. In Japan New years is family time where they give their thanks for the year and wishes for the upcoming year. Whereas Christmas is the opposite and they typically go out drinking.
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Candice January 5, 2011 at 4:10 AM

I love this video! How freaking cool. I want to ring in the New Year in the same way.
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AdventureRob January 5, 2011 at 10:10 AM

It certainly was a unique experience, almost the opposite to the big count down in Sydney I did last year with 30 minutes of fireworks. Japan typically has bells ringing from the temples. I think they ring them 108 times to show long lasting success for the new year.


ciki January 5, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Happy New year Rob! Glad to have met ya in 2010! Rock on!!


AdventureRob January 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Thanks Umei, was good to meet you too :-) Have a good 2011


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