Crowds visit Tokyo shrine to pray for good luck in the new year
Hundreds of people visited Tokyo's Meiji Shrine to offer prayers for good luck in 2019 as Japanese ushered the year of boar on Tuesday (January 1).
Visitors queued early in the morning to make offerings by tossing coins and say prayers as a way to express their gratitude to the Gods as they hoped for a successful year ahead.
85-year-old Hideo Ibaragi said he prayed for world peace and hoped Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko get a good rest. Akihito is scheduled to step down on April 30 this year.
During the first three days of the year, about three million people visit the Meiji Shrine, one of the most visited shrines in Japan.