Shinto Kodama (a tree spirit)

Shinto Kodama (a tree spirit)

Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to Nachi Taisha shrine and Nachi-no-taki falls by Tennoji Kun, via Flickr

Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to Nachi Taisha shrine and Nachi-no-taki falls by Tennoji Kun, via Flickr

Heian shrine

Heian shrine

Shrine maidens at Fukuoka's Okushida san shrine grounds picking up fallen gingko nuts with chopsticks. The nuts will be peeled, purified and later given away to the shrine visitors as a good luck charm. 神職が落としたギンナンを拾うみこ=3日午前11時13分、福岡市博多区の櫛田神社

Shrine maidens at Fukuoka's Okushida san shrine grounds picking up fallen gingko nuts with chopsticks. The nuts will be peeled, purified and later given away to the shrine visitors as a good luck charm. 神職が落としたギンナンを拾うみこ=3日午前11時13分、福岡市博多区の櫛田神社

Sacred rope, Izumo Taisha, Shimane-ken, Japan

Sacred rope, Izumo Taisha, Shimane-ken, Japan

Shimenawa 注連縄 at Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane, Japan: Shimenawa (enclosing rope) are lengths of braided rice straw rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion in Japan.

Shimenawa 注連縄 at Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane, Japan: Shimenawa (enclosing rope) are lengths of braided rice straw rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion in Japan.

Miyajidake Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan.

Miyajidake Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan.

Shinto Priest With Crotal Bell Tree by jasonracey, via Flickr

Shinto Priest With Crotal Bell Tree by jasonracey, via Flickr

Yabusame - Japanese Horseback Archery

Yabusame - Japanese Horseback Archery

胡徳楽 / Kotokuraku, Bungaku at Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, Hiroshima, January 2008

胡徳楽 / Kotokuraku, Bungaku at Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, Hiroshima, January 2008

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