Saturday, February 7, 2009

Oshogatsu celebrations in Kobe

Pictures of Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year) celebrations at a shrine in downtown Kobe on 1st January. Look at the number of people!

Charms being tied on a fence. Note that they are usually tied on trees, but as there were too many charms, people had to resort to tying these on the fences instead.

Yummy takoyaki in soup.

Left: Pretty girls in kimono
Right: Posing beside a traditional Oshogatsu decoration ie giant bamboo arrangement.