How to visit a Shinto Shrine in Japan

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Before you worship, purify your hands and mouth at the “Temizuya” water pavilion.

てみずや

Step 1

hold the dipper using right hand, and pour water on your left.

左手洗う

Step 2

In the same way, wash your right hand.

右手洗う

Step 3

Hold it on your right hand, pour water on your left hand to rinse your mouth.

くちすすぐ

Step 4

Wash your left hand again.

再び左手

Worship

コイン入れる

Step 1

Throw a coin into the offering box. Five yen coin is good.Five is “go” in Japanese.So we refer to this five-yen coin as “go-en”.

And speaking about “yen”, our currency’s proper pronouciation is “en”.

And “en” also has another meaning.”En”, has several meanings, includin “fate”, “destiney”, “chance”, and “relatedness”.

When we throw money into a monetary box at shrines, people generally throw in five-yen.Wishing for good fate (en) with god.

Step 2

Bow twice.

再びお辞儀

Step 3

Clap your hands twice.

てをたたく

Step 4

Put your hands together and pray silently.

お祈り

Step 5

Put the hands down and bow once again.

お辞儀

 

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