Meiji Shrine: grounds to ring in the year

Lifestyle Dec 24, 2015

Meiji Shrine: grounds to ring in the year

by Daisuke Kikuchi

As a relatively new place of worship, established less than a century ago in 1920, Meiji Shrine was originally based around the concept of wakonyōsai — a belief that treasured the Japanese "soul," while still embracing influences from the West. Its unusual omikuji, therefore, ...

Getting the year's first prayer in

Lifestyle Dec 24, 2015

Getting the year's first prayer in

by Ryotaro Aoki

Whether we are Buddhists, followers of Shintoism or atheists, the first thing many Japanese do on ganjitsu (New Year's Day) is go to their local shrine or temple for hatsumōde, a symbolic first visit of the year. If it's not done on Jan. 1, ...