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SPECIAL POST — Torii are familiar to people outside of Japan as a symbol of the land of the rising sun, but many solvers were unsure of the word when it appeared in the Tuesday, Mar. 20 crossword puzzle by Andrew Zhou. It has appeared 63 times in The New York Times Crossword. These gates, which ...
They also depicted ornamental cornices that are commonly found on Shinto shrine gables. The structure at the center is rather small compared with the others. One has a ladder leading to a raised platform and another has "munamochi-bashira,” an outside post to hold the ridge. “The structure with ...

The name of the Shinto shrine, Ouo, which means large fish in Japanese, derives from a legendary story featuring a guardian fish. Around 1693, local residents were being harassed by a nasty regional government official. They decided to throw a party for the official so they invited him to Okinoshima island.
In Japanese, the word 'Torii' literally translated means 'bird abode'. They're traditionally found at the openings of Shinto shrines. Passing through them is seen to represent a special crossing, from the mundane to the sacred. The most famous of these gates is found by Itsukushima island, near Hiroshima ...
She asked that the Association of Shinto Shrines, which oversees all of Japan's shrines, approve her ascension, and when they failed to respond, Nagako withdrew Tomioka Hachimangu from ... One of the more interesting aspects of this lurid story is the idea of a Shinto shrine as a lucrative family business.
DISPLAY: Chris Mantle of the Port Lincoln Muroto Friendship Group next to the mikoshi in its new display case. Port Lincoln's mikoshi is on display at the Nautilus Arts Centre for two months, with the aim of it being seen by more people in the future. The mikoshi, a portable Shinto shrine, was gifted from the ...

With Wes Anderson's new film Isle of Dogs, out March 23, the director and composer Alexandre Desplat continue their fruitful collaboration. The duo's previous pairings have included 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox, for which Desplat's score was Oscar-nominated and, more recently for 2014's The Grand Budapest ...
"Now the balloon's up and they're under starter's orders," I barked. "Regal Monarch, the favourite, looking settled with the inside draw … " No interest from the sacred horse standing before me, the sole inhabitant in a sacred stable, though a crowd of Japanese inspecting wooden carvings nearby became ...
An 18-year-old high school sprinter gearing up for the upcoming university entrance exams won the annual "Lucky Man" footrace early Wednesday morning at a major Shinto shrine in western Japan. Kurosu Sato, a third-year student from Ashiya in Hyogo Prefecture, beat 107 other runners in the first group ...
A violent attack with Japanese swords and survival knives at Tokyo's famed Tomioka Hachimangu shrine has left three dead — including the chief priestess and her brother — in an apparent family feud that turned deadly. Head priestess Nagako Tomioka, 58, and the two suspected attackers, her brother ...
Since then, perhaps the most successful Olympic cauldrons have been simple and restrained, reflecting the taut, lithe nature of athletics and the timeless appeal of these games. Tokyo featured a simple cauldron shaped like an upturned bell from a Shinto shrine in 1964. Montreal showed a minimalist steel ...
Since some of the prospective mascots are based off creatures that live in Japan or are featured in Japanese folklore, some children were able to form a mental connection with sculptures and decorations they'd felt at Shinto shrines. ▽ Two of the potential Olympic mascots draw inspiration from fox spirits…
Nishijin-ori kinran brocade has been prized since time immemorial as a traditional fabric, used for the brocade curtains and altar clothes which provide glorious decoration in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan, as well as in the stoles worn by Buddhist monks, the special fabrics prescribed for tea ...
The Candidate A mascots both bear checkered patterns inspired by the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic emblems. The Candidate B Olympic mascot is inspired by a "maneki-neko" beckoning cat and a divine fox, while the Paralympic mascot is created in the style of a komainu statue found in Shinto shrines.
I talked about how the most important part of the Shinto shrine is the ofuda; a paper charm that carries the essence of kami. ... My ofuda is originally from Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, my favourite Shinto shrine of all and the main shrine dedicated to the main kami I venerate, Inari Ōkami. But I didn't order the ...
People at a Shinto shrine in western Japan have celebrated the annual "Setsubun" festival to drive off evil spirits and bring good luck. The bean-throwing festival is held every year on the last day of winter on the old lunar calendar. At Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine in Wakayama Prefecture, priests wearing ...
Although he wasn't practicing the religion, he still visited a Shinto shrine on New Year's Day because it was the custom. At Concordia, Sugita said he was surrounded by “good, solid Christian people.” His roommates started a Japanese Bible study for students whose second language was English.

Dogs and the Japanese go way back, as attested by the presence of the 狛犬 (komainu, lion-dog deity statue) adorning the gates and grounds of Shinto shrines all over Japan. In the late Edo Period (1842, to be precise), the best-selling novel series of the time was 南総 里見八犬伝 (Nansō Satomi ...
Founded in Japan's Nara Prefecture in 1993 by Masa Ogawa and three other members, the group debuted at a Shinto shrine festival with their original composition, “Hyu-ga (The sunrise).” The group expanded to 20 members (with Ogawa serving as artistic director) and has brought the style of taiko ...
The festival officially kicks off at noon when people gather around the mountain's base to take part in such activities as the throwing of giant sembei (rice crackers). At about 5pm, a procession of torch bearers sets out from Unesco-listed eighth century Shinto shrine Kashuga Taisha, stopping at the Mizuya ...
... event every year. They too gather at the shrine to take part in the water and other rituals associated with the two-day festival. In Pic: A half-naked shrine parishioner using wooden tub throws cold water on themselves during an annual cold-endurance festival at the Kanda Myojin Shinto shrine in Tokyo. 3/7.
An 18-year-old high school sprinter gearing up for the upcoming university entrance exams won the annual "Lucky Man" footrace early Wednesday morning at a major Shinto shrine in western Japan. Kurosu Sato, a third-year student from Ashiya in Hyogo Prefecture, beat 107 other runners in the first group ...
One day the couple took a trip to Kyoto, and while standing near a Shinto shrine and admiring the sunset, something stood out to them. “There's the sunset, and the city of Kyoto, which is really modern and bustling and crazy, then there's this orange Shinto shrine right there,” Cas said. “You think of that as ...
The title of miko, or Shinto shrine maiden, definitely sounds impressive. However, becoming a miko doesn't involve the sort of solemn, life-long decision as many other religious roles. In modern Japan, many young women work part-time as miko while leading otherwise secular lives, and there's even a ...
Mitsuha works as a miko, or Shinto shrine maiden, in her family's temple. And if you are curious about what being a miko is like, you can sign up for a miko experience package at the Amagasaki Ebisu Shrine. The shrine is located in Amagasaki City in Hyogo Prefecture, near to Kyoto and Osaka. During the ...
A popular Shinto shrine in Tokyo performed purification rituals at the sites of a double-murder suicide, but parishioners there remain shaken by gruesome assault that involved ... Over the New Year's holidays, Japanese customarily visit Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples for the first prayer of the year.
It was last Thursday night at the Tomioka Hachimangu, a centuries-old Shinto shrine in Tokyo famed for its annual festival and association with ... The Japan Times reports the shrine came in conflict with the national association responsible for overseeing Shinto shrines in 2010 over the plan to place ...
... the Shinto shrine, one of 82,000 sites around Japan, was established in the 17th century to worship the god Hachiman, the god of martial arts and war. What was the motive? A long-standing family feud about control of the shrine. Female priests are rare in Japan. Only about 10% of the Shinto shrines ...
At the time, his sister had held a post known as negi, the second-highest rank at a Shinto shrine after the chief priest. The shrine ... Tomioka Hachimangu found itself in hot water with the Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines) in 2010 over the appointment of the shrine's chief priest. The shrine left the ...
A Shinto shrine caused a stir on Twitter when a passerby happened to notice a sign that appeared to be advertising a job opening for a….male shrine maiden??? Shrines often hire part-time sales assistants and groundskeepers for the New Year's season, since most people in Japan visit in the first few ...
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A historic Japanese Shinto shrine in Taipei has been vandalized and one of its Komainu (lion-dog, 狛犬) statues was stolen on Monday, in an apparent repeat of a recent pattern of destructive acts against Japanese statues and shrines dating from the Japanese colonial era.
... mark the entrance to Shinto shrines. The following day we push our bikes through the majestic Bamboo Grove at Arashiyama. In Nara we dodge deer (once considered sacred messengers of the gods) that roam the gardens of Tōdai-ji, a Buddhist temple housing the world's largest bronze Buddha statue.
KYOTO: Fans of the Japanese figure skaters Satoko Miyahara and Yuzuru Hanyu have visited the Goou Jinja Shinto Shrine in Kyoto where they left written prayers for their success in the upcoming PyeongChang Olympic Games. The temple is famous as the home of gods that protect legs and the lower ...
Photo/Illutration Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Ise Jingu shrine with other Cabinet members in Ise, Mie Prefecture, on Jan. 4. (Yoichi Kawazu). ISE, Mie Prefecture--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Jan. 4 kicked off his first day back at work after the holidays by praying at a Shinto shrine with nine members of ...
Good luck will be for sale bigtime at the Shinto shrines starting New Year's Eve. It was an annual assignment for a newspaper religion writer and I was amazed at who I'd see in line for omamori, prayers for prosperity and other good things written on paper or wood and wrapped in colorful paper. You see ...
The shocking murder of the head priestess of a prominent Shinto shrine in Tokyo earlier this month sent shock waves through the nearby shopping area, with business owners bracing for a heavy blow to their sales in the busiest season of the year. In the murder case, the head priestess, 58, was ambushed ...
The title of miko, or Shinto shrine maiden, definitely sounds impressive. However, becoming a miko doesn't involve the sort of solemn, life-long decision as many other religious roles. In modern Japan, many young women work part-time as miko while leading otherwise secular lives, and there's even a ...
Mitsuha works as a miko, or Shinto shrine maiden, in her family's temple. And if you are curious about what being a miko is like, you can sign up for a miko experience package at the Amagasaki Ebisu Shrine. The shrine is located in Amagasaki City in Hyogo Prefecture, near to Kyoto and Osaka. During the ...
Shigenaga had served as the chief priest at the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine from 1995, but the siblings' father returned to the post after the suspect resigned in May 2001 over money-related trouble, according to the Association of Shinto Shrines, which oversees about 80,000 shrines across Japan.
... the Shinto shrine, one of 82,000 sites around Japan, was established in the 17th century to worship the god Hachiman, the god of martial arts and war. What was the motive? A long-standing family feud about control of the shrine. Female priests are rare in Japan. Only about 10% of the Shinto shrines ...
At the time, his sister had held a post known as negi, the second-highest rank at a Shinto shrine after the chief priest. The shrine ... Tomioka Hachimangu found itself in hot water with the Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines) in 2010 over the appointment of the shrine's chief priest. The shrine left the ...
A Shinto shrine caused a stir on Twitter when a passerby happened to notice a sign that appeared to be advertising a job opening for a….male shrine maiden??? Shrines often hire part-time sales assistants and groundskeepers for the New Year's season, since most people in Japan visit in the first few ...
... show at Izumo Oyashiro/Izumo Grand Shrine, one of the oldest and important Shinto shrines in Japan located in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, ...
For those who travel in order to experience other cultures and traditions, a stop at a Shinto shrine is a must when visiting Japan. In Sapporo ...
... and flutes across a narrow valley filled with harvested rice paddies, and then up a set of steep stone stairs to a small local Shinto shrine.
Yasukuni Shrine, one of the best-known Shinto shrines, has often ... it provides an outlook on the unique Shinto shrine and the modern war ...
They ride bikes down the main street in a regional centre, spring up 365 steps (one for each day of the year) to a Shinto shrine, run the local ...
The Shinto shrines were also all over Mintal but remnants of these ... brought us to Meiji Jingu, a Shinto Shrine in Tokyo on September 13, ...
These are not the verdant zen gardens or epic Shinto shrines of Kyoto. This is Japanese whisky country, so chosen for its purported similarities ...
Kamakura is sometimes called “Little Kyoto” for its wealth of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Nowadays it's a well-off bedroom community ...


 

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