Shinto Shrine

Shinto Shrine

Altar

Altar

Indian Style Buddhist Temple

Indian Style Buddhist Temple

Buddhist Altar

Buddhist Altar

Toro

Toro

Ema

Ema

Temple in Ueno Koen

Temple in Ueno Koen

Shrine

Shrine

Back of shrine

Back of shrine

Steps

Steps

Shinto shrine

Shinto shrine

Pigeon shrine

Pigeon shrine

Don't feed the pigeons

Don't feed the pigeons

Omikuji

Omikuji

Osenko

Osenko

?

?

Small Buddhist shrine

Small Buddhist shrine

Scenic Bridge

Scenic Bridge

Kazaridaru

Kazaridaru

Kazaridaru

Kazaridaru

Purification Fountain at a Shinto shrine

Purification Fountain at a Shinto shrine

Shrine Door

Shrine Door

Taiko Drum

Taiko Drum

Shrine Doors

Shrine Doors

Buddhist Temple on Takaosan

Buddhist Temple on Takaosan

Temple at the base of Takaosan

Temple at the base of Takaosan

Statue of priest (?)

Statue of priest (?)

Gate on Takaosan

Gate on Takaosan

Small Shrine on Takaosan

Small Shrine on Takaosan

Statue of a Pligrim

Statue of a Pligrim

Obelisk

Obelisk

Kanzeon

Kanzeon

Memorial to WWII Japanese Soliders

Memorial to WWII Japanese Soliders

Another obelisk

Another obelisk

Buddhist Statues on Takaosan

Buddhist Statues on Takaosan

Buddhist Headstones (?)

Buddhist Headstones (?)

Shinto Animism

Shinto Animism

Statue on Takaosan

Statue on Takaosan

Buddhist statue

Buddhist statue

Buddhist statue

Buddhist statue

Entrance to Buddhist temple or shrine

Entrance to Buddhist temple or shrine

Buddhist Shrine (?)

Buddhist Shrine (?)

Priests' Residence, Takaosan

Priests' Residence, Takaosan

Shrine

Shrine

Komoku-ten

Komoku-ten

Zocho-ten

Zocho-ten

Gate on Takaosan

Gate on Takaosan

Torii on Hokkaido

Torii on Hokkaido

Imperial Gardens, Kyoto

Imperial Gardens, Kyoto

Imperial Gardens, Kyoto

Imperial Gardens, Kyoto

Imperial Gardens, Kyoto

Imperial Gardens, Kyoto

Lantern with Shinto paper streamers

Lantern with Shinto paper streamers

Purification Fountain

Purification Fountain

Detail of Purification Fountain

Detail of Purification Fountain

Temple with Lanterns

Temple with Lanterns

Temple

Temple

Temple with Lanterns

Temple with Lanterns

Lanterns

Lanterns

Omikuji

Omikuji

Small Temple

Small Temple

Temple Exterior

Temple Exterior

Shinto Temple

Shinto Temple

Shinto Temple

Shinto Temple

Shinto Temple

Shinto Temple

Temple detail

Temple detail

Temple detail

Temple detail

Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji

Roofline

Roofline

Incense Burner

Incense Burner

Buddhist Statues

Buddhist Statues

More Buddhist Statues

More Buddhist Statues

Lovely Gardens

Lovely Gardens

School Children

School Children

Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera

Temple at Kiyomizu-dera

Temple at Kiyomizu-dera

Temple Detail

Temple Detail

Temple Detail

Temple Detail

Pagoda at Kiyomizu-dera

Pagoda at Kiyomizu-dera

Unusual light wood temple

Unusual light wood temple

Metal Geta

Metal Geta

Buddhist Shrine

Buddhist Shrine

Incense Burner

Incense Burner

Temples and Sakura at Kiyomizu-dera

Temples and Sakura at Kiyomizu-dera

Shinto Bell (Gong)

Shinto Bell (Gong)

Ema

Ema

Prayer at Buddhist Statue

Prayer at Buddhist Statue

Prayer at Buddhist Statue

Prayer at Buddhist Statue

Platform at Kiyomizu-dera

Platform at Kiyomizu-dera

Platform at Kiyomizu-dera

Platform at Kiyomizu-dera

Purification Fountain

Purification Fountain

Shopping at Kiyomizu-dera

Shopping at Kiyomizu-dera

Interior of a temple

Interior of a temple

Altar

Altar

Pilgrim Stickers

Pilgrim Stickers

Temple entrance

Temple entrance

Shinto Shrine

Shinto Shrine

Andon at the entrance to a temple

Andon at the entrance to a temple

Andon

Andon

Shinto Shrine

Shinto Shrine

Banners on steps at a temple

Banners on steps at a temple

Shinto Shrine

Shinto Shrine

Temple Detail

Temple Detail

Todai-ji

Todai-ji

Entrance to Todai-ji

Entrance to Todai-ji

The Temple of Todai-ji

The Temple of Todai-ji

The Temple of Todai-ji

The Temple of Todai-ji

The Temple of Todai-ji

The Temple of Todai-ji

Temple Detail

Temple Detail

Incense Burner Detail

Incense Burner Detail

Daibutsu of Todai-ji

Daibutsu of Todai-ji

Daibutsu of Todai-ji

Daibutsu of Todai-ji

Kanzeon (?)

Kanzeon (?)

Komokuten

Komokuten

Decorative Butterfly

Decorative Butterfly

Buddhist Shrine

Buddhist Shrine

Kasuga Taisha

Kasuga Taisha

Paper Cover for Toro

Paper Cover for Toro

Toro

Toro

Shinto Shrine at Kasuga Taisha

Shinto Shrine at Kasuga Taisha

Toro

Toro

Banners with the Rising Sun

Banners with the Rising Sun

Lanterns outside Shinto Shrine

Lanterns outside Shinto Shrine

Lanterns outside Shinto Shrine

Lanterns outside Shinto Shrine

Toro

Toro

Kazaridaru Detail

Kazaridaru Detail

?

?

Incense burner at Shinto shrine

Incense burner at Shinto shrine

Shinto Statues

Shinto Statues

Pilgrim Patches at Temple Gate

Pilgrim Patches at Temple Gate

Pilgrim path detail

Pilgrim path detail

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle

Entrance to Nijo Castle

Entrance to Nijo Castle

Detail on entrance to Nijo Castle

Detail on entrance to Nijo Castle

Detail on entrance to Nijo Castle

Detail on entrance to Nijo Castle

Roof detail

Roof detail

Roof detail

Roof detail

More intricate carving

More intricate carving

Buddhist Shrine

Buddhist Shrine

Japan '07 Temples and Shrines


Debi and I took a fabulous trip to Japan in the spring of 2007. The primary religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto (the way of the gods). Most Japanese people do not identify as exclusively belonging to just one religion, but incorporate features of both religions into their daily lives in a process known as syncretism.

Shinto and Buddhist teachings are deeply entangled in Japanese everyday life, though the Japanese people themselves may not be aware of it. Generally speaking, it can be difficult for outsiders to disentangle "real" Japanese religion from everyday superstition and rituals; most Japanese people do not often give the distinction much thought.

One of the main characteristics of Japanese religion is its tendency towards syncretism. The same person may have a wedding at a Christian church and have a funeral at a Buddhist temple. Japanese streets are decorated on Tanabata, Obon and Christmas.

As gaijin, we were not always aware of whether taking photographs were permitted in holy sites. If there is an image in here that offends you, please accept my apologies and let me know.

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