Coming from Buddjism word in 108 bon -no. Bon-no means not good desire or bad habit. may destroy yoursalf . Buddha say we have 108 Bon-no inside of your spirit. Japanese try not keep on bad thing for New Year. Renewal Spirit start for New Year We prey for Buddha. therefore we hits bell (bansho)108 times and make new wish for coming good year. We start hit bell before mid-night and finished final hit bell on New Year in our Custom.