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n Japan, the shishi-mai or lion dance is often seen at shrine festivals and at New Year's, when volunters of the local community visit each home in the neighborhood to cast charms......
The dance is performed while wearing masks. Shishi masks take on many forms, some with horns, others looking like a dog, a deer, or a lion.
This dance was probably introduced to Japan by or before the 8th century ....Shishi-mai dances became widespread in Japan thereafter as both a form of festival entertainment and as a means to ward off evil spirits, to pray for peace, bountiful harvests, and good health.
Flower of the month PEONY
The summers are full local festivals, with many cities having some beautiful fireworks displays....YAIZU has a very big festival on AUGUST 14....with a beautiful display firework....
When in japan in these months dont miss seeing one of these...
The pictures shows , hanabi sold at local supermarket......
The name yukata comes from the word "yu" (bath) and "katabira" (under clothing ).
Today, the traditional japanese yukata is widely used for everything from festivals, ryokan, summer daily wear to simple night attire.
In these days prices are 10.000 yen for the whole set, which mean slippers, obi and yukata......
Wooden clogs (geta) are usually worn without Japanese socks (tabi) when wearing a yukata. ...
It makes a perfect souvenier or something for yourself...
Often, they come in the form of brocaded bags..They can contain any number of things -- sometimes a paper talisman with a Buddhist incription, sometimes dirt from a sacred spot, BUT DON'T OPEN THE BAG TO LOOK! The point to the charm is not what is in the bag, but the association these contents have to a sacred person or place. If you open the bag, the protective power will be dissipated ..:)
Often these omamori offer protection for specific purposes, such as safety while traveling.
Omamori means “protect” in Japanese.
Talismans, and the idea of a lucky keepsake, play a large role in Shinto religion. The human need for comfort and peace of mind feeds this thriving business and ritual.
It is a sacred arrow with a white feather used as a special charm for good fortune. It is sold at Shinto shrines during the New Year season. Many people make the first-of-the-year visit to shrines to pray for a happy new year and a long life. They purchase the hamaya along with other talismans.
Sometimes hamaya is also placed atop the roof of a house under construction.
Ha-ma in Chinese characters means "to destroy the evil".
Flower of the month PINE
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The kadomatsu combines a number of important elements from Shinto belief.
The pine is associated with both long life and is the tree favoured by the gods when they visit the earth.
The bamboo is another extender of life. Either in the form of rice straw or of split wood, represents prosperity.
There should also be some red in the arrangement, either flowers or berries
oi shrine in shimada
Family gather in their hometown and spend the time together.
People celebrate the New Year with sweet sake called Toso, a soup called Zoni and Osechi-ryori during the holiday.
Because the Japanese spend this day with families, and because almost all businesses, restaurants, shops, and museums close down, it's not a particularly rewarding time of the year for foreign visitors.
The shrines all over Japan are packed with people from the New year’s day to January 3rd. they buy a good luck talisman called Omamori.
It is kept as a protection from illness, accidents and disasters.....Here you will find many dressed in their best kimono, praying for good health and happiness for the coming year...
Entrances are decorated with a Shimekezari. A Shimekazari is a twisted straw rope with fern leaves, an orange and other items of good omen.
The twist to the straw in the shimenawa is in the opposite direction of standard straw ropes used for everyday use. This is to help turn away evil.c*
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