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Kamigamo shrine in snow, Kyoto

Snow in Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto, Japan - but I wasn't there in winter.

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"The island was full of sacred deer. They were not afraid, for no one hurt them." [Japanese sacred deer at Miyajima.

Chōzuya ~ a  Shinto water ablution pavilion for a ceremonial purification rite known as temizu,  Kyoto, Japan

Chōzuya - a Shinto water ablution pavilion for a ceremonial purification rite known as temizu - Kyoto, Japan 手水舎

Torii - Motonosumi Inari Shrine, Nagato, Yamaguchi, Japan

Torii - Motonosumi Inari Shrine, Nagato, Yamaguchi, Japan 2 hrs from Iwakuni

Omamori - Omamori is a Japanese amulet commonly sold at religious sites and is dedicated to particular Shinto deities as well as Buddhist figures. It serves to provide various forms of luck and protection.

JAPAN - Omamori - Omamori is a Japanese amulet commonly sold at religious sites and is dedicated to particular Shinto deities as well as Buddhist figures. It serves to provide various forms of luck and protection.

Jizo Statues alongside the Daiya River, Nikko, Tochigi, Japan

Jizo Statues alongside the Daiya River, Japan.

jizo statues alongside the Daiya River are considered the guardian deities of children and travelers - Japan. I saw many people bring their children here to be blessed.

Sacred rope, Izumo Taisha, Shimane-ken, Japan, 2006 by asiabytes, via Flickr

Sacred rope, Izumo Taisha, Shimane-ken, Japan, 2006 by asiabytes, via Flickr

In name and shape, the Torii table is inspired by the entrance to Shinto shrines in Japan #kristalia #table #woodentable

Shintoism - In name and shape, the Torii table is inspired by the entrance to Shinto shrines in Japan

"Shimekazari" in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Many Japanese decorate the entrances of their homes with Shimekazari during the New Year’s season to ward off evil spirits. They are made of Shimenawa, sacred Shinto rope of rice straw, used to indicate the sacred areas where gods descend.

Many Japanese decorate the entrances of their homes with Shimekazari" during the New Year’s season to ward off evil spirits. They are made of :Shimenawa", sacred Shinto rope made of rice straw.

Shimenawa, rice straw rope used in Shinto for purification to enter scared ground.

Shimenawa (注連縄) -enclosing rope, rice straw rope used in Shinto for purification to enter sacred ground.

Tsuwano - Shimenawa (rope) is placed in a scared area according to Shinto belief.**

Tsuwano - Shimenawa (rope) is placed in a scared area according to Shinto belief.** I just looked this up. The religion dates back to the century.

Shimenawa Shide on a Double-Trunk Tree. Izanagi Shrine. Tenri, Japan.

Japan Awesome Japan / Forked big camphor tree, Izanagi shrine, Awaji island, Japan watch the trees they tell us about the land

Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩) are a couple of small rocky stacks in the sea off Futami, Mie, Japan joined by a shimenawa, considered sacred by worshippers at the neighbouring Futami Okitama Shrine. According to Shinto, the rocks represent the union of the creator of kami, Izanagi and Izanami. The rocks celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman. The rope weighing over a ton, must be replaced several times a year in a special ceremony. The larger rock, said to be male, has a small torii at its peak.

Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩) are a couple of small rocky stacks in the sea off Futami, Mie…