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Blessings for the new year

The Japanese custom of "Hatsumode" draws people from all backgrounds in the isles

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 28, 2013

~~<p>In Japan, millions of people flock to Shinto shrines for New Year's blessings called &quot;Hatsumode.&quot; In Hawaii, people of all sorts of backgrounds and faiths also take part in the custom during the first three days of the new year. Many participants in the islands are especially interested in buying a variety of omamori, elaborately fashioned good-luck charms.</p>
<p>&quot;Hatsumode is a powerful ritual that lays an excellent foundation for the new year,&quot; says a news release issued by Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu. &quot;The purpose is to enhance the new year with health, joy, abundance and positive energies, which will uplift and empower our lives.&quot;</p>
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In Japan, millions of people flock to Shinto shrines for New Year's blessings called "Hatsumode." In Hawaii, people of all sorts of backgrounds and faiths also take part in the custom during the first three days of the new year. Many participants in the islands are especially interested in buying a variety of omamori, elaborately fashioned good-luck charms.

"Hatsumode is a powerful ritual that lays an excellent foundation for the new year," says a news release issued by Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu. "The purpose is to enhance the new year with health, joy, abundance and positive energies, which will uplift and empower our lives." Login for more...



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