Today is officially America’s New Year, but we are celebrating the 2nd. Today my mother and I ventured into Nagoya to tour. Today is the equivalent of Black Friday in America and millions were out shopping and scooping up deals everywhere. While visiting a famous shopping district in Nagoya we saw an extremely long line. As we walked further we realized thousands of people were lines up for hundreds of meters to visit the Osu Kannon Temple.
In the temple courts there were merchants selling placards to write prayers on to hang, games for kids, and various foods. It was difficult to watch so many people praying to false gods for earthly treasures/blessings when the gift of eternal life is freely given through the One True Living God. We continue to pray for Japan!