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Collecting Coins, Yakuoji Temple

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 17 January 2008 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Visitors to Yakuoji temple on New Year's Day drop 1-yen coins on the steps as they climb them; one coin for each year of their age. This brings good luck (as most things you do at a temple are supposed to do). These men work at the temple and are collecting up some of the scattered coins.

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Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

Sometimes I wonder if rituals like this aren't designed to give the institution more luck than the visitors. Nice shot!

17 Jan 2008 6:08am

@Craiger: Cheers Craiger!

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


17 Jan 2008 7:40am

@Dimitrios: Yes Dimitrios!

Wolfgang Prigge from Canada

A simple, unassuming photo that has a lot of expression nevertheless, bravo

17 Jan 2008 1:46pm

@Wolfgang Prigge: Thanks Wolfgang!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Good Back view Photo lol

17 Jan 2008 2:18pm

@Lorraine: Cheers Lorraine!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

This is an interesting piece of culture. thanks for sharing it with us.

17 Jan 2008 2:59pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thank you Michael.

Frankie from Boxmeer, Netherlands

You captured this part of the Japanese custom very well. Nice image.

17 Jan 2008 8:24pm

@Frankie: Cheers Frankie!

Amir from ?, Iran

Really cool,m it has your unique signature on it, the way you snap them

18 Jan 2008 3:16am

@Amir: Thanks for your comment! It's just cowardice Amir, don't have the nerve to photograph from the front!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A fine shot! Great idea indeed! (I did not know about this custom!)

18 Jan 2008 1:09pm

@Japanalia: Cheers Gabriela!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I haven't been out taking photos much lately and seeing your photos like these is inspiring me to get out and take some photos of my own.

20 Jan 2008 4:06pm

@Twelvebit: That's very kind Twelvebit! Thank you.