In Japan, New Year's isn't just about the dropping of the ball. It's the turning of a new leaf, and with it come numerous traditions from fortune telling to warding off evil spirits and drawing cute anime girls on wooden plaques... Wait, what?
The notorious "ita-ema" (痛絵馬) are back again this year in full force at the Kanda Shrine near Japan's geek mecca, Akihabara. Japanese blog Hachima Kikou collected pictures of the various ita-ema at the shrine from around the twitter-sphere.