In the last hour of the year 2009 I visited a temple to participate in the ceremony of ringing the bell 108 times. Because of the crowds my friend and I along with the four others took our turn as groups of six were allowed to ring the bell in turn. The idea being to get rid of so-called “worldly desires” in 2009 before the start of the new year.
After that we went drinking until 5 o’clock. I’m not sure how successful I was in getting rid of “worldly desires”.
(left: a new year's ornament at Sanjusangen-do / right: a new year's ornament in Kyoto style)