the entrance of Ise shrine

Introduction of Shinto shrine (jinja) in Japan

    Shrines in Japan deify various Shinto gods. Because Shinto have Yaoyorozu-no Kami(八百万の神, eight million gods) which means myriad gods. In other words, it is polytheism. Not only the gods from the myth, such as Kojiki(古事記), but also the nature and personal belongings.   Originally, the religion started from the nature worship in ancient time. People had the feeling of fear and respect for the power of the nature in Jomon Period. And hoping to help their prosperity, they also gradually regarded their ancestors, grounds, and country as a part of the gods.        In Asuka Period, Buddhism introduced via the Korean Peninsula. Even though Buddhism have the founder of a religion and Shinto don’t, Read more about Introduction of Shinto shrine (jinja) in Japan[…]

Let’s go to Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima Island!

Famous torii gate in the sea and historic Itsukushima Shrine UNESCO designated Itsukushima Shrine as World Heritage Site in 2006. It is at Miyajima Island, Hiroshima Prefecture and the most popular sightseeing spot the Chugoku region in Japan.     The red buildings and torii gate in the calm sea brings about an air of mystery. The shrine with more than 1400 years history has attracted countless people even though it is far away from Kyoto.   The architecures, cultural properties, and annual event including dances provide us a valuable opportunity to know traditional Japanese culture.   Itsukushima Shrine   Why in the sea? Since the buildings have been in the water’s edge, they Read more about Let’s go to Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima Island![…]

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for the red gates in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto Fushimi Inari Shrine is located in the south part of Kyoto City where is the sightseeing spot with many historical architectures.    In Kyoto, the Japanese travelers visit the temples of Kinkakuji (Rokuonji) or Kiyomizu-dera rather than Fushimi Taisha. But the shrine is the most popular temple or shrine in Kyoto among the overseas tourist.   When you visit the shrine, you would feel the unique atmosphere of the site. The biggest reason for that is, I think, the “Thousand Torii “. The red gates stand in a row… They make the air mysterious.    The number of the visitor to Fushimi Inari at the New Year reach Read more about Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for the red gates in Kyoto[…]