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