New Year in Japan isn't quite the same thing as what we, gaijins (foreigner in Japan), are used to. The traditional decorations and ornaments for the celebration aren't made to be preserved for the next year. They burn them with others goods once the New Year celebrations are over for good health and success. The event is called Dondo Yaki, it is a way to break up with the past and begin the year with a fresh start!
Here's a series of pictures I took from the Dondo Yaki of Kiyotaki in Nikko. The event actually take place right next to my wife's parents' home.
This series was published first on steemit.