More from Oshougatsu - the Japanese New Year...Here we are on New Year's Day visiting the temple in Sasebo. And yes - that's SNOW on our hair! We haven't seen any here since, but it was exciting while it lasted.
If you look closely, you can see at least 14 ropes hanging down so that people don't have to wait too long to ring the bells when they do their prayer offerings.
On the sidewalk leading up to the temple were many Japanese street vendors selling festival foods and trinkets. Their presence gives the whole "hatsumode" experience a bit of a festive air.