Midnight tolling of the temple bells on New Year's Eve,
called "joya no kane," is a Buddhist tradition.
Bells are rung 108 times in that according to Buddhism
it is said that man has 108 troublesome desires,
and by hearing the bells toll 108 times,
people can rid of themselves of such desire at the end of year.
We wanted to experience all tradition customs,
so we went to the temple to ring the bells.
Then we did count down for the New Year,
and went the main hall of the temple,
which has the Thousand Armed Avalokiteshwara (Senjukannon)
to listen to the first Buddhist sutra of the year.
A Happy New Year!