Yamaguchi shrine stands out by offering lucky charms for all needs

National Jan 24, 2018

Yamaguchi shrine stands out by offering lucky charms for all needs

Kotozaki Hachimangu Shrine in the city of Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, sells over 800 varieties of colorful omamori (good luck charms), ranging from ones for anglers to travelers who want to avoid accidents. "We probably sell the greatest variety of omamori in Japan," said Katsunari Fujino, ...

The annual rites of passage into the new year

National | IN PICTURES Jan 1, 2018

The annual rites of passage into the new year

On Sunday, people across Japan marked the passing of 2017 and the arrival of the new year at temples and shrines, both big and small. While the evening of oshōgatsu is celebrated in numerous ways, for many it is a time for spiritual purification and prayer ...

National Jun 1, 2017

Graffiti vandals deface 11 shrines in Awaji

Eleven shrines in Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, were hit by graffiti vandals from Tuesday to Wednesday and police suspect the same party was behind each case. The Awaji Police Department said the graffiti were first discovered at Izanagi Jingu Shrine on Tuesday afternoon. The daily Asahi ...