Happy 2015 to all our visitors. It's the Year of the Sheep in 2015. The kanji character for the Year of the Sheep is (羊; hitsuji).
Other Sheep years are 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919 and 1907.
Nengajo or New Year's Cards bearing the image of a sheep will be arriving at homes throughout the country over the next few days as people traditional pay a visit to a shrine (hatsumode) to pray for good fortune in the coming year.
We wish you all a peaceful and healthy 2015.
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