Japan Prepares For New Year

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Shinto shrine priests decorate shrine entrance for forthcoming 'Year... News PhotoDecoration,Entrance,Horizontal,Human Interest,Japan,Kobe - Japan,Preparation,Priest,Shinto,Shinto Shrine,Shrine,Year Of The SnakePhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Buddhika WeerasingheKOBE, JAPAN - DECEMBER 27: Shinto shrine priests decorate shrine entrance for 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)