Happy 2016 to all our visitors. It's the Year of the Monkey in 2016. The kanji character for the Year of the Monkey is (猿; saru).
Other Monkey years are 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944 1932, 1920 and 1908.
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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