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Shimekazari in Shimane

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Shimekazari (しめ飾り) are traditional Japanese New Year decorations made of straw that are hung outside the house or company building. Shinto in origin, shimekazari are lucky charms and mark a sacred area. Folded paper decorations and even oranges are hung from these seasonal festoons, which are a symbol of the oshogatsu (New Year) season in Japan.

Making Shimekazari (New Year decorations).

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