There were many visitors at the temple today! The weather was sunny and mild for a winter day. I’m sure many people were glad for such nice weather as they went out for hatsumode (“first shrine visit of the new year”).
To celebrate the beginning of 2012 there were traditional decorations up at Goten. If you look closely at the photograph above you’ll see an orange citrus fruit (daidai, bitter orange) hanging in the middle of the straw banner. Inside, kagami-mochi was on display next to a seika pine arrangement.