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    The Shrine's wishing plate - 'Ema'

    by dennisKL Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    Shrine visitors write their wishes on these wooden plates and then leave them at the shrine in the hope that their wishes come true. Most people wish for good health, success in business, passing entrance exams, love or wealth. You may write in any language from English, Chinese to Japanese.

    Ema in Meiji Shrine
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    Visiting Japanese Shrine(Purification through)

    by dennisKL Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    Before you entering a shrine in Japan, you must get yourself clean before doing the prayer. Refer to my cutie face picture you will know what should you do before you entering. You can find this on every entry of the shrine....is a Japanese culture. Found near the entrance, the water of these fountains is used for purification. You are supposed to clean your hands and mouth before approaching the main hall.

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    How to visit a temple II

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    Put the incense into the incense burner and fan some smoke towards yourself as the smoke is believed to have healing power. For example, fan some smoke towards your shoulder if you have an injured shoulder.

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    High School Girls Yamanba

    by o00o Updated Aug 19, 2004

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    High School Girl are equally as `Yamanba'.

    Having this type of make up on face is to appeal to the world that she is already stepping in the world of adult. Mostly high school student do this, they tan their skin or mainly just the face into deep dark brown, then draw the white line like on their eyes like a little clown on the circus, besides, she has to wear a pair loose socks like `pig legs' to state that she got freedom.

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    Yabusame archery on horseback show

    by shiran_d Written Apr 30, 2003

    This tradition continues to live in modern Japan, with the grand annual celebration centering on Meiji Jingu, the shrine dedicated to him. Of everybody's interest would be the demonstration of traditional Japanese archery near the shrine's Treasure Museum and the yabusame archery on horseback show in the vicinity of the Shibaike along the shrine's western approach.

    Yabusame costumes and Kimonos
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    Yabusame archery on horseback show

    by shiran_d Written Apr 30, 2003

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    . This tradition continues to live in modern Japan, with the grand annual celebration centering on Meiji Jingu, the shrine dedicated to him. Of everybody's interest would be the demonstration of traditional Japanese archery near the shrine's Treasure Museum and the yabusame archery on horseback show in the vicinity of the Shibaike along the shrine's western approach.

    Traditional costumes

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    The Japanese have developed a...

    by AndreasK Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The Japanese have developed a passion for the cherry blossom (Sakura). In Tokyo you will find parties under cherry trees. When I was in Tokyo there was only one (!) week-end where the people could celebrate the cherry blossom; during the following week the rain washed away their dreams of a second week-end under the cherry trees...

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    Traditional wedding

    by stonefree Written Feb 4, 2006

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    Ehhh... Just wanted to share you the photo which I took.
    More tip? Maybe... There are so much to tell about it. I need to rehearse to myself before updating...

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    Wedding at Meji Shrine

    by Jim_Eliason Updated May 18, 2004

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    The weddings have at least the bride and the bridesmaids in traditional dress. Sometimes the groom and his attendants also.

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    Wood plates

    by Wind10 Updated Aug 9, 2003

    Making a wish is universal. Japanese god will still understand your wish even though you write in English, Spanish, German others languages.

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    Making a wish

    by Wind10 Written Aug 9, 2003

    When you visiting temple in Japan. You will find a lot of young students who are writing their wish-"To pass university entrance exam" on a wood plate.

    Wish to pass exam

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    Meiji Jingu Shrine Autumn Festival

    by shiran_d Written Apr 30, 2003

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    During the Meiji Era, people celebrated the birthday of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) by designating it as the nation's Culture Day.

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