Japan Prepares For New Year


Mikos arrange 'Hamaya' to which 'Emas' are attached featuring a... News PhotoArranging,Celebration,Dragon,Hamaya,Himeji,Horizontal,Human Interest,Japan,MTV Europe Music Awards,Preparation,Year Of The SnakePhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Buddhika WeerasingheHIMEJI, JAPAN - DECEMBER 28: Mikos (shrine maidens) arrange 'Hamaya' (arrows intended to destroy evil spirits) to which 'Emas' (wooden plaques) are attached featuring a picture of dragon in celebration of the forthcoming 'Year of the Snake' at Sosha Shrine on December 28, 2012 in Himeji, Japan. Japanese zodiac years are organised into a twelve-year cycle of animals and are arranged in order of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar, with the belief that people born during a particular year inherit some of the characteristics or personality of that animal. Japan celebrates their New Year on January 1 of each year, following the Gregorian calendar and this coming year will be the year of the Snake. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)