Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Waiting for New Year

Christmas is gone and now it is the time to prepare for new year!

I took off Christmas wreath from my entrance door and hung Simekazari instead, which is to ward off evil spirits and to indicate secred area where gods descend.

 In center, it is written "Hatsu-haru" meaning "early spring"; According to Chinese calendar, New Year Day is somewhere between Feburuary 1-15th, which is supposed to be the beginning of spring. So I think old Japanese who used those calendar wrote "Hatsu-haru" wishing spring is coming.  Crane is a lucky symbol for long life as much as turtle; There is old saying, "Cranes live 1,000 years and turtles live 10,000 years." No wonder Japanese live long?

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