Konnichiwa! What is Goshuin? This question arises when one encounters the captivating stamps known as Goshuin while exploring the sacred temples and shrines of Japan. As a curious traveler captivated….
Konnichiwa! Have you ever heard of Japanese Ema? If not, get ready to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of these traditional prayer plaques. Ema, which translates to “picture horse,”….
Konnichiwa! Today, we explore omikuji. This traditional practice, rooted in Japanese culture, has captivated locals and visitors alike for centuries. Join me as we explore the history, significance, and delightful….
Omamori (御守), a Japanese amulet, is believed to bring good luck, protection, and prosperity to the bearer, and to ward off evil and misfortune.
The Inari God (大稲荷), often depicted as a fox, is one of the most important deities in Japanese mythology, known as the god of agriculture, fertility, and prosperity.
Shide (紙垂) refers to traditional Japanese paper streamers that are used in various ceremonial and religious events, often attached the sacred ropes used to cordon off holy spaces, such as shrines, temples, and sacred trees.
Shimenawa (標縄), meaning “enclosing rope” in Japanese, is a traditional rope made of rice straw or hemp, used in Shinto rituals to mark a sacred space or object.
A Japanese torii gate (鳥居) is an iconic structure found in Japan that marks the entrance to a sacred or holy space, such as a Shinto shrine or a Buddhist temple.
Komainu (狛犬), also known as lion dogs, are mythical creatures found at the entrance of Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, and other sacred places across Japan.
Shinto has a wide range of symbols and symbolism such as Torii, Shimenawa, Kami, and Komainu that are used to represent various concepts and ideas.