"Shimekazari"  in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan.    Many Japanese decorate the entrances of their homes with Shimekazari during the New Year’s season to ward off evil spirits. They are made of Shimenawa, sacred Shinto rope of rice straw, used to indicate the sacred areas where gods descend.

"Shimekazari" in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Many Japanese decorate the entrances of their homes with Shimekazari during the New Year’s season to ward off evil spirits. They are made of Shimenawa, sacred Shinto rope of rice straw, used to indicate the sacred areas where gods descend.

Only in Japan

Only in Japan

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New Year decorations, Japanese style

japanese new year wreath

japanese new year wreath

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Japanese New Year wreath 2013

Japanese bamboo rake with decoration for good luck, Kumade 熊手

Japanese bamboo rake with decoration for good luck, Kumade 熊手

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冷たい雨降る一日を迎えました。都内などは雪が降っているようですね。みなさま、出かける際は足元に気を付けて!こんな寒い日はおうちでクラフトなんていかがでしょう…

Japanese new year wreath

Japanese new year wreath

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kitsune (fox) holding a key in its mouth, fushimi Inari-taisha shrine, kyoto, japan

Japanese New Year's Crane Decoration

Japanese New Year's Crane Decoration

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