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The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun Wooden uso bullfinch birds are lined up at Kameido Tenjinsha shrine in Koto Ward, Tokyo, ahead of the Usokae Shinji ritual event to take place Wednesday and Thursday at the shrine. “Uso” can also mean false in Japanese, and “kae” means change. Participants in the event give their old birds to the shrine and buy new ones, as the carved birds are believed to turn unhappy incidents of the previous year into a “false memory” and bring happiness in the new year.Speech



[Released on January 19, 2018]
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