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Posts tagged shimenawa



Omikuji and shimenawa

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Kushida Jinja (櫛田神社)

Miyajima Shinto Priest

miyajima shinto priest Shinto (神道) priest @ Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社)

Shinto (神道) priest @ Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社)

Shimenawa (Shinto rope) @ Meiji Jingu

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Meiji Jingu (Tokyo, Japan)

Rope tree in Korea

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Shimenawa on old Korean tree @ Naeso Temple

Shimenawa is common in Japan. The first, and only, time I have seen it (or at least I think that is what this rope was) was around the base of this ancient tree on the grounds of Naeso Temple.

Morning prayer at Kushida Jinja

japanese woman at shrine


During the first half of July this shrine is the center of one of the most famous festivals in Japan (Hakata Gion Yamakasa or 博多祇園山笠). Someday I want to be in Fukuoka to witness this event. I saw preparations being made and video of past festivals. It looks absolutely crazy. Groups of men representing different parts of town race with an extremely heavy float on their shoulders around tight turns and for fairly long distances. Trip near the front of the float and your odds of not being trampled are close to zero. I hear there are some fairly serious injuries on a regular basis and minor injuries are common.