New year decoration “Shimenawa”

This is the end of the year, and you see many of these traditional Japanese new year decorations around Japan.

These are called Shimenawa/Shimekazari しめなわ/しめかざり

Japanese people decorate these on the entrance door and use them for ritual purification.  In the world of Shinto they believe Shimenawa act as a ward against evil spirits.

20171231_104719_HDRI thought this PIKACHU poster was so cute♡.   Attached on the door of pharmacy informing the business starting date of 2018 and greeting new year at the same time♡.

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