I wish you happiness in 2014, my dear friends!
I visited two auspicious events at the beginning of the year.
Osaka district is a center of commerce. So many merchants or businesspeople especially visit Ebisu-Shrine to get good luck, fortune on the 10th of January.
Ebisu-Shrines enshrine God Ebisu.
God ebisu is one of seven gods in Japan and have a fishing rod in the right hands, holding a big sea bream under the left arm. This god was a god of fishing in the old days. But after commerce started developing in the Middle Ages people began to believe as god of prosperity of business,too.
I visited Saraki-Shrine in Nara district that enshrine God Ebisu.
舞楽始式（The first dance of the year) in Kasuga-Grand-Shrine.
The dances came from the Asian Continent in 7or 8 century and Japan own dances have being preserved. This tradition were handed down three organizations where are in Kyoto district,Nara district,Osaka district.
Today's dance was dedicated by Nara's organization.
胡飲酒（konjyu) The king of the country of Hu dances intoxicated to alcohol, I heard.
振鉾三節（enbu-sansetu) dance for praying that people live in security, 三節means honoring the heaven, the earth, the spirit ,I heard.
Thank you for coming.