Zojoji Temple, Tokyo ; "Joya no Kane"-In Japan, we ring the bell in the temple in the evening of New Year's Eve. We call it "Joya no Kane". According to Buddhist beliefs, 108 is the number of passions and desires entrapping us in the cycle of suffering and reincarnation. So, the 108 bell chimes symbolize the purification from the 108 delusions and sufferings accumulated in the past year.
Asakusa hagoita fair - Asakusa Hagoitaichi (Battledore Fair) is an annual fair held at Sensoji in Asakusa at the end of the year. Inside the temple grounds, more than 60 open-air stalls selling decorated hagoita (battledores), shuttlecocks, kites, Daruma dolls, and other New Year decorations, and hundreds of thousands of people walk around to see and get what they need. Tokyo, Japan