Today I start my journey with my very first 365. It is part of my new years resolution to learn more about my camera, photography, and document our daily life. So what better way to start the year off than to go to Naritasan Temple and participate in the Japanese tradition of Hatsumode, which refers to the first shrine or Buddhist temple visit of the year. I had read that you can purchase a fortune for 100 Yen (about a $1.00) so that is what I wanted to seek out. We found the box with the english omikuji, which is a written oracle of personalized “predictions” for the year. We let Jackson pick out a fortune and his was not so good. We didn’t know until we got home that if you don’t like the fortune that you have received you are suppose to tie it to a tree or fence. We thought you were suppose to tie all fortunes on the fence and I really wanted to keep ours for a keepsake. 🙂
Here is a picture of the fence and of Jackson folding up his fortune. I am always focused on their faces so here is a little detail shot to help me remember how small his hands are and the fact that we are in a battle with him about nail biting. I love these small hands!