Colorful cocoon decorations to welcome New Year visitors at Japan shrine

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Miko shrine maidens add the finishing touches to bush clover branches decorated with mayudama ornaments resembling silkworm cocoons at Kinomiya Shrine in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. Silkworm cocoons have long been associated with New Year prayers for family health and business prosperity in Atami, a silk-producing area. The shrine is preparing more than 500 branches to welcome New Year visitors.