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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)

Time for church

fudoin koyasan

Morning prayer service in a Buddhist temple (Fudoin on Koyasan)

I have witnessed many Shinto and Buddhist rituals, but my night on Koyasan was my first experience actually participating in one (other than carrying the omikoshi during a Shinto procession). The night I was there the shukubo had two other parties of gaijin and three or four parties of native Japanese. We all attended the prayer service led by the young Buddhist monks in the morning. Although you didn’t need to speak or understand Japanese to participate, I was the only one of the gaijin who did more than watch. Maybe the others were Christian and felt like they would be betraying their faith. In any event, it felt good to do more than just watch for once.

Shimenawa (Shinto rope) @ Meiji Jingu

meiji jingu shimenawa gohei rope shinto

Meiji Jingu (Tokyo, Japan)

Shinto rope

kanazawa shimenawa shinto sacred rope japanese boy shrine

Shinto shrine

I’m not sure the exact location of this jinja as I’ve never been there. Today’s random photo was taken by either my son or daughter when they were being toured around the Kanazawa area courtesy of the generous Maki San.

That’s some serious Shinto rope (shimenawa) on this shrine.

Inari Shrine at Yakuoin Temple on Mt. Takao

kitsune yakuoin takaosan yukuji

The grounds for this Inari Shrine are part of the Buddhist temple on Mount Takao formally known as Takao-san Yakuo-in Yuki-ji, and most commonly known as just Takaosan Yakuoin (高尾山薬王院). This place was supposedly established in 744 on the orders of Emperor Shomu as a base for Buddhism in eastern Japan. I have no way of knowing how long these torii and structures have been around, but I think it is safe to say that they are much more recent creations. This shrine has more Shinto characteristics than Buddhist ones.