Monks, staff at Narita temple prepare for year’s end

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Monks and other temple staff dust under the eaves of the Great Main Hall as part of an annual year-end cleaning ritual at Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, early Tuesday morning. A senior temple official lit a sacred goma fire at around 5 a.m. to announce the start of the susu harai ritual to remove dust accumulated throughout the year. About 40 monks and staff dusted using leafy bamboo shoots measuring around 8 meters long and wiped down items on the altar.