"The way to pray at a shrine:..." Japan Local Custom Tip by AndreasK

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<b>The way to pray at a shrine</b>: First you should purify yourself by cleaning your hands and your mouth with clean water at a little pavilion outside the main building. Then, you throw your small offering, usually a coin, into the box in front of the sanctuary, bow twice deeply, clap your hands twice, bow deeply once more and pray for a few seconds.

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  • Written Sep 7, 2002
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