Greg Lam at Life Where I’m From has put up a video about New Year’s in Japan, featuring me.
The video should start at the beginning of the description of hatsumōdë, which has a voiceover by me, and quite a bit of footage that I filmed at Shirahata Hachiman Daijin last new year (so, the year before last, moving into last year — the footage actually crosses midnight).
This one should start later in the video, with some scenes of people going to Shirahata-san on New Year’s Day last year.
I don’t have a lot to add, because I did the voiceover already, but I thought people might be interested to see the video. It’s worth watching the whole thing if you are interested in Japanese new year as a whole.