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Whew! Hello 2013! What is it now, May? Maaaan how time flies when you’re having fun! …or being extremely lazy, in my case.

Anyway, due to the sheer amount of time passing between the event happening and me actually getting around to writing this post, I’ve probably forgotten a lot of the smaller details I may have wanted to write about, so expect the next couple (ten?) posts to be short and sweet, heavy on the pics and not-so-heavy on the commentary. Actually, that’s probably preferably anyway, so let’s get right down to it, shall we?

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Hatsumode is the official first visit of the new year to a shrine. We sorta… circumvented tradition and started with a temple instead. Then we drove up into Onishi to visit a shrine that turned out to be so small there was no activity what-so-ever, so we went to the replica castle up on Mt. Ushibuse for the views, then headed back down into Fujioka and home for dinner. I went out on my own to a couple of the shrines and temples around Shinmachi until it got too dark to take good pictures, then called it a day.

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A temple and a shrine around Onishi

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Mt. Ushibuse

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A fertility shrine in Shinmachi.

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Traditional New Years decorations. We have a mini (fake) one for our home.

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The temple next door

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I just liked the colors

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Slightly blurry picture (and the least blurry of the lot) from the fushimi inari shrine closest to our house

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Cute Gunma-chan darumas spotted during shopping the next day. I bought one. They are so cute!