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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.

Joya no Kane, 108 Japanese Temple Bell Chimes|除夜の鐘 starting 12/31 to ring in the new year and wash aways 108 sins & wordly desires.

Kyoto, Japan. Looks very similar to the temple where my grandfather was a priest.

rehearsal of New Year's Bell at Chion-in temple. Chionin Temple, the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism, which is located in Kyoto's Higashiyama district.

dotifications: touchdisky: by Sushicam (via TumbleOn)

Two Maiko girls and a Geisha standing underneath the Great Bell at the Chion-in Temple in Kyoto 1930s

Nikkō Tōshō-gū (日光東照宮) is a Shinto shrine located in Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It is part of the "Shrines and Temples of Nikkō", a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Zen Temple / Fukuoka, Japan Reminds me of the forest in The Wizard of Oz.

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thisworld1: Painted ceiling and temple bell (Ogawamura 小川村), Japan.  Photography by Damien Douxchamps on Flickr.

Sōgon-ji Bell in Tokyo, Japan: photo by Rekishi no Tabi, via Flickr