Japan in Photos – Hinode: The first sunrise of the year

By Staff Writer
January 05, 2022

New Year’s is an extremely important holiday in Japan. However, unlike much of the west, it is not so common to go out at midnight and count down the seconds to the end of the year (although this is catching on). A more traditional practice is to get up early and watch the sun rise for the first time of the year. At many scenic spots around the country one will find crowds of people, often with cameras, waiting to greet the first light. Some people try to view the year’s first sunrise because it is a symbol of the new year.

The sun rises over a torii gate at the edge of the ocean The sun rises over Mt. Fuji, with a lake in foreground People line up beside a body of water watching the sunrise
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