Japan Prepares For New Year


A Miko arranges 'Hamaya' to which 'Emas' are attached featuring a... News PhotoArranging,Celebration,Dragon,Hamaya,Himeji,Horizontal,Human Interest,Japan,Preparation,Year Of The SnakePhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Buddhika WeerasingheHIMEJI, JAPAN - DECEMBER 28: A Miko (shrine maidens) arranges 'Hamaya' (arrows intended to destroy evil spirits) to which 'Emas' (wooden plaques) are attached featuring a picture of a dragon in celebration of the forthcoming 'Year of the Snake' at Sosha Shrine on December 28, 2012 in Himeji, Japan. Japanese years are commonly associated with the twelve animals Mouse, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)