Plum blossoms and komainu.
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In Today’s post: Shinto shrines for superstitious employees and customers.
Today, a look at the Japanese number system and a hidden shrine in the autumn leaves.
Today’s post gives some info about temizuya at shrines. Also, dragons!
Into the torii tunnel we go…
I wonder what goes on at these places after nightfall? Do the kami all come out to play in a Fantasia[^1] type way?
Is there anything more recognizably Japanese than the torii gate?
Omikuji is a kind of fortune. Most folks buy one on New Years, but they are available at any time. They usually give you a general fortune—great luck, good luck, fair luck, bad luck, or some variation of these with maybe a few others added in—and then more specific things such as if it is a good year for a new job, or for traveling, or having child, and so on.
It’s the year of the Water Dragon, so another look at the guardian of the temizuya1 at the shinto shrine.
I went to hatsumōde today (first shrine trip of the year) to pray for good luck, both for my family and everyone! There were so many disasters this past year… hoping the dragon (this year) is much milder.
A tough one to classify. Should I file it under Buddhism or Shinto? Because it’s… both.
I posted a Rolling Shutter series on G+ a little bit ago. You can fin fit here. I thought I’d repost some of my favorites to this blog. Keep reading to see them.
I’ve talked about this shrine before, so I thought maybe I should show more. This is the main shrine of Okazaki Tenmangu (岡崎天満宮). You might also see it spelled as temmangu, which is a little closer to how it is pronounced but is not as common. The shrine is dedicated to [Sugawara no Michizane][michi], a scholar, poet, and politician in the Heian Period. I also often see his name misspelled Michizune, so watch out for that.
I was asked the other day if I ever did anything other than HDR photography. Of course I do. I usually only post HDR to this blog in part because that is what people have come to expect from me, but I do occasionally post some non-HDR images. I also have an entire other blog set up for a more lo-fi type of photography from my iPhone.
A bit of a challenge for you today. What is this pictured below? Leave your guesses in the comments, or tweet them to me. I’ll give the answer in tomorrow’s post