Japan Prepares For New Year

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A Miko holds 'Hamaya' to which 'Emas' as she walks in front of a... News PhotoCelebration,Hamaya,Holding,Horizontal,Human Interest,Japan,Kobe - Japan,Preparation,Snake,Walking,Year Of The SnakePhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Buddhika WeerasingheKOBE, JAPAN - DECEMBER 27: A Miko (shrine maidens) holds 'Hamaya' (arrows intended to destroy evil spirits) to which 'Emas' (wooden plaques) as she walks in front of a picture of snake in celebration of the forthcoming 'Year of the Snake' at Ikuta Shrine on December 27, 2012 in Kobe, 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)