This shrine is indispensable for me, and probably for the people in Kyoto. I visited there at the end of 2011, and I could look back the year, and steeled for making more efforts to achieve the goal in 2012.
Finally, even I visited there so many times, I have never visited there at the New Year’s Eve (on 31st of December). I wish it will come true in the future to visit this shrine on 31st of December. Between the evenings of 31st of December to and 1st of January, the “Okera-Mairi” Festival is organized and lots of people come to pray for good health for the New Year by receiving “Okera fire”, made from the burning of the herb okera. In nature, people should bring the fire to home, and use that fire for cooking, but nowadays, it is prohibited to bring the fire to the public transportations, so only the people living around there can do so.