Most viewed - Taga Taisha Shrine New Year's Day 多賀大社
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Dance by shrine maidens on New Year's Day 2005 at Taga Taisha Shrine.. Also see the 2005 video at YouTube.251 views
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Giving New Year's prayers at Taga Taisha shrine.192 views
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Buying New Year's decorations and charms.189 views
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Taga Taisha Shrine, Shiga. Taga Taisha rethatched its roof and celebrated with a festival in Oct. 2007.146 views
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Ito-kiri mochi, a famous local confection in Taga, Shiga.92 views
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Taga Taisha is dedicated to Izanagi and Izanami, husband and wife deities who created the islands of Japan and many other gods such as Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess. According to the Kojiki Ancient Records, Izanagi retired in Taga, so this shrine was built.39 views
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Taga Taisha Shrine is a short walk from Taga Taisha-mae Station on the Ohmi Railways Line. It's Shiga's most popular shrine during New Year's.39 views
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Best to see my video of the shrine maidens dancing on Jan. 1, 2014.38 views
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These people insist on praying front and center of the shrine. Even though they can easily go to the left or right side of the shrine to pray more quickly.34 views
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The shrine name means, "Many Felicitations," hence its popularity during New Year's.34 views
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Torii in front of the train station. "Otaga-san" is the shrine's nickname.32 views
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In the morning and early afternoon of January 1 and 2, shrine maidens perform sacred dances (初神楽) on the Noh stage.32 views
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I was waiting for this. Sacred dances by shrine maidens who looked to be high school girls.32 views
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Monument in front of the train station.28 views
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A long line to the shrine is what awaited. This was a lot more people than Jan. 1, 2005 when I visited the last time.28 views
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Stone bridge, closed due to snow.27 views
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Took maybe an hour to get to the shrine. MAP27 views
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This place was also jammed. Water fountain where you wash your hands and rinse your mouth for purification. 手水舎27 views
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Large groups of worshippers pay a fee to attend prayer ceremonies.27 views
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A fire to burn old New Year's decorations and to warm yourself up. 27 views
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Most of the snow had melted.27 views
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Amazake (sweet sake, non-alcoholic) for 300 yen/cup to warm you up.27 views
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On Jan. 1, 2014, a steady stream of worshippers head for Taga Taisha Shrine.26 views
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This long line lasted through most of the day. About 490,000 people worshipped here during the first three days of 2014. New Year’s prayers is called Hatsumode.26 views
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Sacred horse. Lot of people took photos of this since 2014 is the Year of the Horse.26 views
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Sorry I couldn't wait in line and went to the front and prayed from the side and instead of front and center.26 views
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New Year's Day at a large shrine in Japan is such a spectacle.26 views
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Hope all or most of their hopes and prayers will come true this new year.26 views
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Preparing gallons upon gallons of amazake (sweet sake, non-alcoholic). 300 yen/cup.26 views
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The crowd gets thicker near the shrine's entrance.25 views
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Shrine gate. Go in at left and exit on right side.25 views
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Money pit for monetary offerings. A few days from now, we will see happy bank employees counting the money from shrines.25 views
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Talisman sales25 views
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Kaguraden stage where they performed sacred dances. They would dance on Jan. 1 and 2, in the morning and early afternoon.25 views
   
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