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We compile information on “0 yen tourist spots” and “must-see paid spots with extra benefits” and then keep them in our blog as archives for your convenience. We also introduce the food of Hokkaido and interesting souvenirs to take home.



除夜敲鐘儀式 / Joya-no Kane


Joya-no Kane is a special event held in Buddhist temples in Japan over the the transition from the old to the new year. Joya means December 31st, which is a very special day in Japanese culture. Kane means bell in English. At each Buddhist temple, they hit a bell 108 times. It’s not a countdown for the coming year, because the ringing period straddles the old and new years. The reason for 108 peals of the bell has different theories. The most popular is that it is to take away the 108 human desires according to Buddhist beliefs.

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