In the early part of January, we went to the temple near our house for the first time of the year. It was a little bit busy, but we were finally able to see this temple. It is located in the mountains, so it is nice and quiet and peaceful. Going to the temple for the first time in the New Year is called 初詣 (Hatsumoude), and you usually get おみくじ (Omikuji) to see how the year will be for you. Mine said it was gonna be so-so.. and to be careful of my health!