1/01/2008

First shrine visit (hatsu moode)

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First shrine or temple visit (hatsu moode)
***** Location: Japan
***** Season: New Year
***** Category: Observance


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hatsumoode 初詣
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The most important ceremony in Japan, where everyone visits a shrine or temple to pray for good luck in the coming year. Millions of people are out on the streets and wait in long lines to make it to the place of worship. After visiting a shrine or temple at midnight, they try to stay awake and get a glimpse af
. the first sunrise of the year (hatsu hi no de)   



Find more explanations here
First Ceremonies of the Year
Gabi Greve



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hatsumode, hatsu-mode, hatsu-moode
Other kigo in this category

first garden, hatsu niwa 初庭(はつにわ)hatsu mairi 初参(はつまいり)、 hatsu yashiro 初社(はつやしろ)

. first purification ceremony, hatsu harai 初祓(はつはらい)   



. first "fortune telling" hatsu mikuji 初神籤(はつみくじ)   



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quoteHatsumode (Japanese: 初詣, hatsumōde)is the first shrine visit of the New Year in Japan. Many people go during the first, second, or third day of the year as most are off work those days. Generally, one makes wishes for the new year, gets new talismans, and returns old talismans to be burned.

There are often long lines at major shrines and temples in Tokyo.

Most Japanese are off work from the 29 of December until the third of January. It is during this time that the house is cleaned, debts are paid, friends and family are visited and gifts are exchanged. It would be customary to spend the early morning of New Year's Day in domestic worship, followed by sake - often containing edible gold flakes - and special celebration food.

During hatsumode, it is common for men to wear full kimono - one of the rare chances to see them so across a year. The act of worship is generally quite brief and individual and may involve queuing at popular shrines, throw some coins in the offerings box and fold the hands in prayer. The talisman (mamori) may vary substantially in value/price even at a particular location.

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Visit to a temple of the God of one's birthplace
. ubusunagami 産土神 Ubusuna Deity .

..... ubusuna mairi 産土神参 うぶすなまいり



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In Edo/Tokyo
. Great Protector Deity of the Region, Ubusunagami 大産土神 .

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Worldwide use


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Things found on the way



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HAIKU


hatsu-moode yama no kami ni wa dare mo kon

Fiste Shrine visit -
to our Mountain God
nobody comes


Gabi Greve 2004 : Hatsu Mode




shizukesa ya mori no naka no hatsu-moode

so quiet !
walking in the forest for the
first Shrine visit

Gabi Greve 2005


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first shrine visit -
the smell of incense
in our hair

Gabi Greve

. Saijo Inari Shrine, 2008  



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Related words


obesrvance kigo for early spring

***** nigatsu reija 二月礼者 (にがつれいじゃ)
visiting (a shrine or temple) in February

Those who have been to busy during the New Year festivities, like artists, actors and restaurant personel, could go to pay a first visit, usually on February 1.


出稽古の帰りの二月礼者かなdegeiko no kaeri no nigatsu reija kana

coming home
from giving a private lesson
I visit the shrine in February . . .
Gosho Heinosuke 五所平之助 (1903 - 1981)


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鶯や二月礼者に疎からずuguisu ya nigatsu reija ni orokarazu

Matsuse Seisei 松瀬青々


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***** Fortune telling, mikuji みくじ 御籤
Fortune cookies and Haiku


***** . Daruma ichi 達磨市 (だるまいち) Daruma market   


. First Ceremonies of the New Year   


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. SAIJIKI
OBSERVANCES, FESTIVALS, RITUALS




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3 comments:

Gabi Greve said...

chinjugami 鎮守神 tutelary deities

http://japanshrinestemples.blogspot.jp/2013/04/chinjugami-tutelary-deity.html

Gabi Greve said...

初詣小さき宮の神仏
hatsumoode chiisaki miya no kami hotoke

first New Year's visit -
the Kami and Buddhas
at the small shrine

Hasegawa Kanajo 長谷川かな女

MORE
about kami and hotoke

Gabi Greve said...

Sake 酒 for rituals and festivals

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http://japanshrinestemples.blogspot.jp/2015/04/sake-rituals-festivals.html
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