It is said in Japanese Buddhism that human beings have 108 vices. To sever the ties of them, in Japan, temple bells are tolled 108 times at midnight on New Year's Eve. It is called 'joya no kane', which literally means 'the bell of New Year's Eve'. Although bells are basically tolled by monks, some temples allow common people to toll the bell by spells. In that case, the bell rings more than 108 times to make it possible for more people to join the event.
Shakujoji Temple, located in my city Kawaguchi, also holds a joya no kane event every year. Numerous people gather there on the last night of the year, to purify their spirits of evil thought and to pray for the coming year.
The Bell of New Year's Eve in Japan (Joya no Kane) [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S from Dec. 31st, 2012 to Jan. 1st, 2013