Bonne journée, Cross Cultural, Photo

Preparation for the new years day

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in Kamakura

 

The chrismas night passed gently as usual and one year is passing again also in Yokohama. Of course, nothing is different from the rest. However, it would be a very interesting week in Japan from a religious point of view.

201412-412クリスマスの夜がいつものように静かに過ぎて、ここ横浜でも一年が過ぎていく。もちろん、他と何も変わりはない。だが、宗教的な面から見れば、今週は非常に興味深い週である。

One of my friends, a Catholic, seemed to be busy with preparing the mass last week because he was a caretaker of his church. Then, until the New Year’s Eve after the christmas, many of temples of Buddhism are coming to be busy for preparing the bells on New Year’s Eve. A lot of people visit a temple midnight of the last day and hear 108 times bell ringing. At the new year morning, it will be a time to visit a shrine of the Shinto.

201412-417友人のひとりはカソリックで教会の世話役だったため、先週はミサの準備で大変忙しかったようだ。そして、そのクリスマスから大晦日までは多くの寺がその準備で忙しくなる。多くのひとが最後の日の深夜に寺を訪ね、除夜の鐘を聞く。新年の朝は、神社に詣でる時である。

Interestingly most of people don’t care the religion. Everybody enjoys his way of New Year’s Eve and the new morning.

興味深いことに、ほとんど誰も宗派などは気にしていない。誰もがその人なりの方法で年末年始を楽しんでいる。

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