Posts Tagged ‘Shinto religion

Hatsumode at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Hatsumode at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Hatsumode is the Japanese custom of visiting a Shinto shrine for the first time in the new year – usually on New Year’s Day. This year, I went to Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, in the south of Kyoto city. This shrine’s characteristic feature is the countless torii gates along the walking path that are lined …

Kyoto Beauty Shrine: Yasaka Sub-shrine Utsukushi Gozensha

Kyoto Beauty Shrine: Yasaka Sub-shrine Utsukushi Gozensha

There is a shrine for just about anything that you can imagine in Kyoto, and quite a few for things that you might not be able to imagine. This one is for beauty. When you come to town you can stop by this shrine and pray to have beautiful skin, and of course, a beautiful …

Kyoto Knife Shrine: Yasaka Sub-shrine Hamono Jinja

Kyoto Knife Shrine: Yasaka Sub-shrine Hamono Jinja

This shrine holds a memorial service for worn out knives every year. The shrine accepts old knives and other cutting instruments that have served their human owners. Japanese give thanks to their knives even, now how is that for gratitude and humility? This is another sub-shrine at Yasaka Shrine, less than a 1 minute walk …

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