The “Nighttime Bells Gathering” will be held on December 31 at Kitamido in Hommachi, Osaka.
The event where visitors hit the night bell. On the day, the precincts will open at 21:30, and a bell-punch ticket will be distributed to the first 500 people from 22:00. The start of the bell butt is 23:45. Anyone who does not have a numbered ticket and who arrives in time can strike the bell. New Year’s Soba is served from the person who hit the bell to the first 200 people.
This year there will be a calligraphy performance by calligrapher Takeda Soun. At the countdown from 23:55, they show off “Kanji of 2019” selected by Kitamido. At the beginning of the year, he will start writing his wishes for 2020 with a greeting from the beginning of the year.
At the venue, message candles are written with wishes of worshipers.
Countdown Event at Kita(North) Mido
【Hour】21:30 on Dec. 31st to 1:30 the following day
【Address】4-1-3 Honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi