Heian Jingu at Midnight
In a midnight frenzy, visitors to Kyoto's Heian Jingu scramble to get the first omikuji (fortune) of the year.
First, you shake a metal can until a slender wooden stick falls out of the small hole in the top. The stick will have a number and perhaps a hiragana character on it. Take that to the stand and pay 200 yen to receive the corresponding fortune - good or bad. If it's good, take it home with you. If not, tie it neatly onto a pole, wire, string or tree on the shrine grounds in the hopes of leaving the bad fortune behind.