Japan Prepares For New Year

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Shinto shrine priests decorate shrine paper decoration for... News PhotoCelebration,Decoration,Horizontal,Human Interest,Japan,Kobe - Japan,Paper,Preparation,Priest,Shinto,Shrine,Year Of The SnakePhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Buddhika WeerasingheKOBE, JAPAN - DECEMBER 27: Shinto shrine priests decorate shrine paper decoration for 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)