Posted by: Kazu
You probably happen to see a shurine like this when you are walking around a Japanese town.
To foreigners who don't know anything about religions in Japan, it might be mistaken as Buddism
temples or something.
But it is called Shinto shrine.
There are more than 80000 Shinto shrines all over Japan.
A lot more than convenience stores.
Convenience stores are around 50000 by the way.
Shintoism originated from Japan and only exists in Japan.
It started as the worship for nature, developed into multiple-God religion and
has history of a few thouthands years.
Shinto shrines always have the unique gate called " Torii" as you can see in the picture above.
Area beyond "Torii"is sacred .
Before you visit the main building, you are supposed to wash your hands.
Actually many people omit the process though.
Before you start praying, you ring the bell.
People put up their wishes writen on a piece of wood called " Ema".
Written oracles called "Omikuji" . After reading them, some peope tie them to designated part of a shrine.
Since Shintoism takes its origin in the worship for nature,
often shrines have sacred trees.
As you learned a little bit about shurines here, you would be surprised to find them
everywhere in Japan but none at any other place in the world.
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