A Happy New Year from Minami Sanriku!
The new year of Minami Sanriku starts from the beautiful sunrise from the Pacific Ocean.
We have sailed to the Ocean in the cold early morning.
It is very beautiful as the National Flag of Japan. It is authentic rising sun.
After returned from the Ocean, We open the barrel of pure sake for cerebration.
It is started dumpling ceremony. They are making dumplings from the glutinous rice. Man hits and woman helps to turn rice.
Kids also trying to make dumplings.
Then we wear traditional kimono. Very beautiful.
We go to pray for the fortune of the new year at Shinto shrine.
Japanese new year is very quiet and peaceful especially in the rural area like Minami Sanriku.