Tag: shinto shrine

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Day 271- an alcoholic Christmas tree

My favourite spot for photos in my Japanese home away from home is the local Shinto temple. Despite its tranquillity and calm there always seems to be something happening- a devoted monk wandering solemnly; the chime of bells; messages of fortune scrawled upon shrines. The peace and quiet is transformed into something as busy and […]

Day 240- Tradition

One thing I love about Japan is the sense of ritual and tradition. At Shinto shrines they have Temizu basin’s, to wash your hands and purify. The ritual goes something like this (correct me if I’m getting it wrong)- Take the wooden ladle in your right hand and scoop up some water. Poor some water […]