Traditional Japanese New Year at Zōjōji Temple
On New Year’s Eve, the Japanese tradition of Joya no Kane (New Year’s Eve bell) dictates that the large bells inside Buddhist temples are struck 108 times. The number 108 represents the number of bonnou (earthly desires of man) that bring suffering. The ringing of the bells gets rid of evil spirits, allowing you to welcome the new year with a clean spirit. As this is a religious ceremony, only a handful of temples permit visitors to ring the bell. Head to Zōjōji Temple in Shibakōen to ward off the evil spirits.