IzumoTaisha - New Year's 2005
Originally uploaded by Jason In Japan.
Some of the crowds attending my local shrine on Jan. 2nd. That's not snow on the tree on the right - it's little white slips of paper with wishes on them tied to the branches and trunk. Souvenir stand in left background is selling cards and trinkets meant to bring good luck in the coming year.
I was there at dusk which was nice, but it was still super crowded. Many vendors and stalls along the long walk up to the shrine were selling food, so I had some tasty chicken thingies and a passable hotdog-on-a-stick.