Hokkaido Shrine on January 4 !

by Kazu

Even on the fourth day of the new year, so many people swamped to the central shrine of Hokkaido which is called Hokkaido Jinguu in Japanese. As you may imagine, considering this situation, people had to wait for over an hour to reach the place to pray for their good fortune of new year near the midnight on the last day of 2013 and the first day of 2014.  
Various kinds of food stands and vendors were along the trails that led to the main alter and other facilities on the premises of the shrine.
Well-treated spruce trees were beside the approach to the shrine. Strictly speaking, the people should walk on the edge of the approach because the center of it is for the God.  
Among the food stands, the one that sells Amazake drink that is made of the debris obtained in the process to brew Japanese sake, is most popular for the worshiper to make their bodies warm.
The top of the state can not be allowed to do this traditional custom ?

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