Visiting a shrine on New Year’s Day is an important part of the holidays for many Japanese — the impetus seemingly a mixture of tradition, superstition, and belief, with the importance or otherwise of each element dependent upon the individual.
What the driving force was for the old fella below is anybody’s guess, but whatever it was, age, limited movement and ice underfoot were not a deterrent.
The banners are great! Happy and healthy new year to all….
Yeah, they really are. Simple but very striking. Hopefully the visit will be beneficial to the old fella.
Perhaps also the impetus of the alternative as a driving factor?
Ah, that’s such a good point.
I truly admire his commitment. He looks so small under the banners…
Yeah, definitely. It was such an effort for him. Hard to watch, but also inspiring. He was not going to be defeated.
Going to the shrine on New Years must be something that he has done for many, many years. KUDOS to him!
Yeah, definitely. Entirely possible he’s been going to this one his whole life too. Another reason for him to make such a huge effort.