Earlier this week, I placed a pair of kadomatsu & mochi at my house and office for good luck. Tonight, we popped fireworks to protect us from negativity and evil spirits, and ate soba and ozoni for good luck at my uncle and aunty’s house. Tomorrow, my family and I will pray to our ancestors, compassionate leaders before us, and to all souls who are suffering at Jodo Mission of Hawaii (Buddhist Temple). I will buy some omomori there for good luck. Then, we will pray and get blessings at Izuma Taishya (Shinto Shrine) where I will get more omomori. Omomori protects you from evil spirits because they are drawn towards it instead of you.