In Japan, bells called “Joya-no-kane(除夜の鐘)”  are played slowly 108 times at temples in various places during the time that changes from the night of December 31st to January 1st. It is said that 108 is the number of people’s anxiety. Generally it will sound the 108th bell ringing at 0:00 on January 1 and inform us of the New Year’s visit. This is a custom that began in ancient times when there was no mechanical watch.

Temple bell, お寺の鐘

However, in recent years, there seems to be many temples that cancels this old-fashioned event, due to complaints of “disturbing” from local residents.

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