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Joya-no-Kane
History, Heritage & Religion

taken from Joya-no-Kane

Every year on New Year's Day families stay up late to hear the Joya-no-Kane, the midnight tolling of the temple bells. All across Japan the Tsuri-Gane (temple bells) are stuck in Buddhist temples. The large bells are struck with a long log suspended by ropes. The Joya-no-Kane consists of one hundred and eight times tolls of the temple bells. In Buddhism, it is believed that man has one hundred and eight times sins that, by hearing the bells toll one hundred and eight times times, can be relieved.

Relevance to Ranma

Mao Mo Lin, the Ghost Cat, tells Ranma that if he does not kiss Shampoo before the New Year's bells have rung one hundred and eight times, that she will change into a cat permanently.


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