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Thousands of workers pray for business prosperity in Japan

Thousands of Japanese businessmen and women have gathered at Tokyo's Kanda Myoujin shrine to pray for a successful year.

The tradition of visiting the shrine for prayers on the first official work-day of the year involves tossing money into a donation box, bowing two times and then clapping twice to symbolise waking up the gods of business and commerce.

Heather Sharp reports.

  • 04 Jan 2012
  • From the section Asia