Shimenawa at Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine in Kamakura. Sacred places are typically marked with a shimenawa (special plaited rope) and shime (strips of white paper). Placed at the entrances of holy places to ward off evil spirits, or placed around trees/objects to indicate presence of kami.
“pamandjapan: 門松 (Gate Pine) Kadomatsu is a traditional Japanese decoration for the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes to welcome ancestral spirits or kami of the harvest. They are placed after Christmas until January 7 and are considered temporary housing for the kami. ”