Japanese people customarily visit shrines in every part of the nation for New Year prayers whether they are religious or non-religious, and I also went to one of the shrines located nearby the other day.
In my case, I always give thanks to the shrine for the old year instead of making a wish when I visit a shrine, well…whatever.
And we often find many stalls set up by vendors along the approach way to the shrine mostly to sell snacks.
Among them I found by chance a stall selling toy masks called o-men in Japanese, and what jumped into my sight was an o-men of Ultraseven displayed along with ones of Ultraman and Ultraman Orb and the other tokusatsu and anime characters (darn, I should have take the pictures of them to show you!).
The moment I found them, I impulsively bought one of Ultraseven as I got an Ultraman toy mask last year.
While these toy masks available lately look much nicer with well-reproduced features of each character than the ones that had been around in my childhood although I do love the exactly toy-like taste of the o-mens we had in the past.
As I have the o-mens of Ultraman and Ultraseven now, I wish the ones of Type A and Type B Ultraman would become available as well!
Maybe I should have prayed for it at the shrine…