New Year's week, Japanese prefer to pray at Kanda Myojin, a famous shrine in Tokyo

Many Japanese people go to worship and pray at "Kanda Myojin (神田明神)", a shrine in Tokyo, as it is the first work day of the year on Monday 6 January 2014.

Kanda Myojin originally built around 730 AD as the abode of the gods who protect various places (108 places) in Tokyo. Usually Japanese went to pray at this shrine normally. They pray for the family to be happy and prosperous, successful, and recovery from illness, prevent accidents and disasters, but Kanda Myojin is one of the shrines that are very important in the new year because it is a shrine of commerce and industry. So the Japanese are like to pray them good luck in their work and blessings to business progress and prosperity.

Each year there are over 3,000 commercial agencies come to pray at Kanda Myojin shrine. There will be the Shinto priest (神道) rite to dispel the evil in the first days of working in each year to make it a good year. Moreover, The commercial agencies will be given a sacred leaf which has exquisitely passed a religious ceremony from the Shinto priest.

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