Rise and shrine

Smoke from incense rises over people as they stand in line to offer New Year prayers at Sensoji temple in Tokyo’s Asakusa on Tuesday. Temple officials said more than 2 million people were expected to visit Sensoji during the Jan 1-3 holiday period. 

  • 1

    TheInterstat

    Good lord. That is literally the opposite of fun in every conceivable way.

  • 2

    Chuichi Hashimura

    Maybe New Year prayers at Sensoji temple all wish for prosperity.

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    Don Thieme

    Happy New Year!!

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    Jaymann

    If only prayer could make one iota of difference in a random and meaningless universe. Alas, such is not the case - there is no teleological explanation. However, this shouldn't stop us from urging all members of mankind to live up to the humanist ideals of rational, self-consequential, and responsible living; cooperatively seeking the advancement and protection of our whole global society... or simply put: Happy New Year!

  • -1

    philly1

    Excuse me.

    People stand in line ?

    Anywhere else in the world, this is not a line up.

  • -1

    psychopathsareincontrol

    Far out - Nakamise-dōri is busy enough on a normal day.

    I guess the shops wouldn't dare be open with this mass of flesh shuffling by... even if it wasn't a holiday

  • -1

    lwsydney

    Hmmm. I didn't expect to see many younger people here...but judging by purely external appearences they may be merely children of conservative parents..

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    WilliB

    lwsydney:

    " .but judging by purely external appearences they may be merely children of conservative parents.. "

    I don´t get your comment. What does Sensoji temple have to do with conservative parents???

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    jessebaybay

    @ williB i do believe he/she is implying that only conservative people must offer prayer?? :/

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    oberst

    Thank you, JT, for the Year's first Where's Waldo pic.

  • -1

    WilliB

    jessebaybay:

    " i do believe he/she is implying that only conservative people must offer prayer?? :/ "

    Bizarrely, it seems so. I am still waiting for an explanation of what he/she wanted to say.

  • -1

    jessicacrows

    Great picture. But why analyse why people are there... honestly...!

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