Japan's New Year Bells, "Joya-no-kane". Joya-no-kane is temple bells. Joya means New Year's Eve. Temple bells are struck 108 times in Japan, from midnight on December 31 to the New Year. There are many explanations about the number 108, in Buddhist beliefs, there are 108 worldly desires in humans which mislead our minds, and it's said these desires will be removed when the bell is struck 108 times. The bell is rung 107 times before midnight, and 1 time after the New Year has begun. Hope you ...

New Years, Japan

Japan's New Years Bell

Joya no Kane, 108 Japanese Temple Bell Chimes|除夜の鐘

知恩院の除夜の鐘試しづき(京都) rehearsal of the bells on New Year's Eve at Chion-in temple, Kyoto, Japan

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Photo taken during the colorful 3-5-7 festival in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo (shichi-go-san (Festival for children 3, 5, 7 yrs old) On this day, families pray that their children will grow up happy and healthy. These three numbers are chosen because odd numbers are considered lucky. Three-year-old girls, five-year-old boys, and seven-year-old girls are dressed in their best clothes and taken to pray at shrines)

Temple bell in Japan

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto 1930s Japan

Chishaku-in temple, Kyoto, Japan

Painted ceiling and temple bell (Ogawamura) Japan by Damien Douxchamps

The temple of Asakusa, Japan. New Year's Day.

Sōgon-ji Bell in Tokyo, Japan

Ryoan-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan

Everywhere in Japan there were beautiful bells at temples.

The temple bell Japan

Bell house of Shuzenji Temple, Izu, Japan

Byodo-In Temple, Hawaii

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Sakura mountains - Yoshino, Japan