Tag Archives | shrine

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Beauty and the Beast

Plum blossoms and komainu.

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The Garden Shrine

In Today’s post: Shinto shrines for superstitious employees and customers.

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The Japanese Number System

Today, a look at the Japanese number system and a hidden shrine in the autumn leaves.

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Temizuya and the Dragon

Today’s post gives some info about temizuya at shrines. Also, dragons!

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Tunnel Vision

Into the torii tunnel we go…

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Shinto After Hours

I wonder what goes on at these places after nightfall? Do the kami all come out to play in a Fantasia[^1] type way?

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Let's Go to the Shrine

Is there anything more recognizably Japanese than the torii gate?

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Omikuji

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.

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Water Dragon

It’s the year of the Water Dragon, so another look at the guardian of the temizuya1 at the shinto shrine.

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  1. teh-me-zoo-yah 

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Waiting for a Wish

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.

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