Placards depicting lucky charms are hung above the Nakamise shopping street leading to Sensoji temple in Tokyo's Asakusa district, one of the most visited destinations during the New Year's holidays. The signs represent a hagoita battledore paddle, a snake to mark this year's animal in the Chinese zodiacal calendar, and a spinning top. (Photo and caption by Louis Templado)
The Kintai Bridge (Kintai-kyō) is a historical wooden arch bridge, in the city of Iwakuni, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
Donating casks of sake, such as these arranged beside the Sensoji temple in Tokyo's Asakusa district, is another New Year's tradition. Hundreds of casks can be found arrayed at the most popular temples, often with a placard nearby naming the donor. These casks come directly from the sake firm Ozeki. During ceremonies the casks are smashed open with a mallet and the contents served to all. (Photo and caption by Louis Templado)