Japanese Patterns of Design

Shinto Rituals: Practices and Celebrations

Shinto rituals have survived in close connection with the lives of the Japanese people. It is strongly reflected in modern Japanese people’s lives and daily activities. Japanese people have passed down...

Shinto Shrine History with Inseparable Partner, Buddhism

Japan has more than 8,000 Shinto shrines throughout Japan, the original shrine buildings did not exist as we know them today. So, then, when and why were they built? And how did they develop? This article...

The Difference between Shinto Shrine and Buddhist Temple

Toro in the forest Both Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples have long been familiar to Japanese people as spiritual centers. They are places of faith and prayer, and are frequently visited for festivals and...

13 Types of Shinto Shrines: Different Deities, Beliefs and Blessings

Torii Gate of Suwa Shrine in Nishi-Waseda, Tokyo, Japan We have 13 types of Shinto shrines in Japan. Each has different belief and deities. With a deeper understanding of many types of Shinto Shrine gives you...

Significance of Selecting Japanese Family Crests aka Kamon

‘Mu’ Kamon Kamon, Japanese family crests, were first painted on palanquins, clothing, and camp curtains to mark the family name. The kamon on camp curtains and other items were clearly structured...

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