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In Miyajima, on the shrine, there is a place where you can purchase fortunes. If you buy one, you are supposed to read it, then tie it onto a nearby rung if you want it to come true. If your fortune is not so appealing, then you do not need to tie it. The fortunes are in Japanese only, so you can only know your fortune if you can read Japanese or have someone to translate for you.
Written Oct 8, 2005
We are very unique when it comes to religion.
While Christian population is growing, and more younger generations loosing interests in religion, majority of Japanese would answer that they are buddhists. But, they also believe in Shintoism, and participate in New Years, Coming of age, and other Shinto celemonies.
Oh, and exchange gifts on Christmas, and valentine's day, and.....
There is a correct way of praying at the Shinto Shrine.
1. Wash hands and rinse mouth with water in front of the building. (See photo.) Do not put the dirty water back in the bowl/sink!!!
2. Throw money (coin) in the box.
3. Shake a bell, if available.
4. Bow twice, clap your hands twice, pray with hands together, and bow once.
Note: Do NOT clap your hands at the temple.
Written May 8, 2005
When taking tea at a tea ceremony, be sure to turn the cup around three times and admire it before tasting your tea.
Written Jun 7, 2003