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What are the Different Japanese Household Shrines and Altars?

What are the Different Japanese Household Shrines and Altars?

If you’ve ever been to Japan, then you may have marveled at its numerous shrines and national temples like the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, and the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. The Japanese give utmost importance and respect to these shrines for they are considered places of worship and the dwellings of the kami, or the Shinto “gods”. Japanese families have their own altars or shrines in their homes so that they can pay their respect to ancestors and worship either Shinto or Buddhist gods. In this blog we find out the different types of altars and shrines. Continue reading

Japanese Lucky Charms for a More Successful 2018

Japanese Lucky Charms for a More Successful 2018

Would you like to attract more luck and success? Who wouldn’t right? The Japanese people have many traditions that is believed to improve one’s health, love life, and finances. Many of these beliefs are based on Shintoism and Buddhism, and have been passed on from generation to generation. Here are some lucky charms to help improve your luck in 2018. Continue reading

Washi: The Art of Japanese Papermaking

Washi: The Art of Japanese Papermaking

The Japanese have a long history of papermaking techniques that have survived over the centuries. Washi, which literally means ancient Japan (和 wa) and paper (紙 shi), not only has many practical uses but is also well-known for its strength and beauty. From printing to clothing to architecture, it has a special place in Japanese culture. In fact, In 2014, Washi was declared as one of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Objects. Continue reading