Good God(s), come on down!

Happy New Year!
Or, in an other tongue:
akemashite omedeto gozaimasu

The New Year’s decoration of Japan is the kadomatsukado is gate and matsu is pine. Traditionally it's comprised of three elements: pine symbolizing vitality and longevity, bamboo for strength and flexibility. A cord of hemp or rice straw represents the special rope, shimenawa, which hangs across Shinto shrines to define sacred spaces. Kadomatsu invite the gods who are believed to descend into pine. Traditionally they’re placed in pairs at entryways to symbolize female, the smooth surface of the pine, and male, the rough bark.

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