Special episode:The blessed place in Japan - shrines and temples

Special episode:The blessed place in Japan - shrines and temples

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kasa@MaDeLa

Part of the must-see spots when coming to Japan should be shrines and temples which can be found across the country.
Shrines and temples have a similar solemn atmosphere, but do you know the difference between them?
Let's learn about the differences between shrines and temples and experience their respective charms.

Do You Know the Difference Between Temples and Shrines?

You may have seen people throwing coins, bowing and saluting, and clapping hands at a shrine.
Why not learn about the correct rules of the shrine ritual and pray to the gods?

Manners in a shrine

In order to get good luck and drive away bad luck, buy an omamori (charm) as a gift is just right.

Let's buy a Lucky Charm as a souvenir !

In addition, in shrines and temples there is O-mikuji which can be used for fortune divination and Ema (a votive horse tablet), on which your wishes can be written down and presented.

Your destiny is on this paper! Go to the shrine or temple to draw a "Omikuji"!

How to Make a Wish in Japan

To gain good luck, we also recommend that you can perform "Shichifukujin Meguri (Visiting Shichifukujin)" to pilgrimage 7 gods.
It is a relatively common way to collect goshuin during the pilgrimage. Goshuin is available at shrines and temples throughout Japan.
Collecting goshuin not only can bring good luck but also can be taken as remembrance of the trip.

Let's collect 7 kinds of blessings! Shichifukujin Meguri

Goshuin which can be collected in Kita-Kamakura

Come to visit Japanese shrines and temples and pray for happiness for yourself and important people.

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