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Updated: March 29, 2020
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As visitors welcome the first sunrise of the new year, they pray for health, safety and world peace. Geikosai, literally "the festival to welcome the light," was added to traditional ceremonies that have been held for many years at Mt. Takao's Yakuoin Temple.
The ceremonies start early in the morning—around 6:30—on Tuesday, New Year's Day, at Mt. Takao's summit. If the skies are clear, it's possible to see Mt. Fuji. In a specially prepared area at the 599-meter summit, priests chant sutras and pray for a year filled with safety.
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