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Visiting a Shrine on New Year’s Day

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015. Some visitors and their pets wear traditional dress.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015. Extra staff deal with the large number of visitors.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015 - Returning the previous year's omamori charms.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015 – Returning the previous year’s omamori charms.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015 - Purifying hands at the entrance to the shrine.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015 – Purifying hands at the entrance to the shrine.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015. Purchasing omamori charms for the year.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015. Purchasing omamori charms for the year.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015. Some visitors and their pets wear traditional dress.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015. Some visitors and their pets wear traditional dress.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015 - 2015 year of the ram.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015 – 2015 year of the ram.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015 - Family reading omikuji fortune papers

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015 – Family reading omikuji fortune papers

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015. Child tying omikuji fortune paper to string.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015. Child tying omikuji fortune paper to string.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015 - Mochi  rice sweets.

New Year Celebrations at Futenma Shrine, Okinawa, Japan. 1/1/2015 – Mochi rice sweets.

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