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Smaller Shrines & Temples of Japan

Smaller Shrines & Temples of Japan
Religion in Japan is dominated by Shinto (the ethnic religion of the Japanese people) and by Buddhism. According to surveys carried out in 2006[1] and 2008,[2] less than 40% of the population of Japan identifies with an organized religion: around 35% are Buddhists, 3% to 4% are members of Shinto sects and derived religions, and from fewer than 1%[3][4][5] to 2.3% are Christians.[note 2]

Most of the Japanese (50% to 80% considering degrees of syncretism with Buddhism, shinbutsu-shūgō[6]) pray and worship ancestors and gods (神 kami, shin or, archaically, jin) at Shinto shrines or at private altars, while not identifying as "Shinto" or "Shintoist" in surveys.[7] This is because these terms have little meaning for the majority of the Japanese,[7] or because they define membership in Shinto organizations or sects.[8][9] The term "religion" (宗教 shūkyō) itself in Japanese culture defines only organized religions (that is, religions with specific doctrines and required membership).[10]People who identify as "non-religious" (無宗教 mushūkyō) in surveys actually mean that they do not belong to any religious organization, even though they may take part in Shinto rituals and worship.[10]

Mikami-jinja Shrine
North West Kyoto in the Arashiyama district near a nice tranquil lake is Mikami-jinja shrine at the base of Mt. Ogura, famous for been mentioned in "The Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets", is the only shrine in Japan that answers prayers related to hair. The deity here "Fujiwara no Unemenosuke Masayuki", a persona from the Kamakura period who is considered to have been the first hairdresser in Japan.[1]

According to Evelyn from ....
"Mikami Jinja is Japan’s one and only shrine for the head and hair. The father of the hair and beauty industry, Fujihara Unemenosukemasayuki is enshrined here. This shrine is visited by many people in the hair and beauty industry, as well as people who are worried about their hair. I am worried about my thinning hair, so if I ever make it Japan, this place will be one of my destinations for sure."[2]

I dont know if it will help humans with there hair but there were two cats that i fallowed down the road to this shrine that had beautiful fur. Mind you i was there after hours with no humans around, the cats seemed write at home and the closer i got to them the more they pulled me into the shrine. So to me it will always be Cat Shrine.

The Ryozen Kannon
The Ryōzen Kannon (霊山観音) is a war memorial commemorating the War dead of the Pacific War located in Eastern Kyoto.[1] The concrete and steel statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (Kannon) was built by Hirosuke Ishikawa and unveiled on 8 June 1955. The statue is 24 m (80 ft) high and weighs approximately 500 tons.

The shrine beneath the statue contains an image of Bodhisattva Ekādaśamukha and images of the god of wind and god of thunder. Memorial tablets of 2 million Japanese who died in World War II are also stored here. Four times a day services are conducted in their memory. Also on the site is a memorial hall in honour of the unknown soldier killed in World War II.

Nonomiya Shrine
Nonomiya Shrine (野宮神社 Nonomiya-jinja), or the Shrine in the Country,[1] is a Shinto shrine in the Arashiyama district on the west side of the city of Kyoto in Kyoto prefectureJapan. The specific site of the shrine changed somewhat over time, as the location of the shrine was fixed anew by divination when a new imperial priestess was to undergo purification before traveling to take up her duties at Ise Shrine.[2]

In literature Nonomiya Shrine appears in the tenth chapter of the Tale of Genji.[5]

Fukū-in Temple 【ふくういん】
Nara where vestiges of ancient traditions of Animism, Buddhism and Shinto have co-existed for over 1300 years. Fukū-in is an ancient Buddhist temple located in the serene surroundings of modern day Takabatake-cho, originally sited within the shrine precinct of Kasuga Taisha. It has a vermillion torii gate, usually seen at the entrance to Shinto shrines, within in its garden.

Many of the temple buildings of Fukū-in were destroyed in the major earthquake of 1854, which led to its eventual abandonment by monks of that time, who left the Fukūkensaku Kannon in the heavily-damaged main hall.

Mitani Kōgen (1893-1963), a monk of the Taisho period and ancestor of the current chief monk, repaired the ruined temple leading to its revival. Fukū-in continues to deliver the light of Shingon-shu and Risshu as a branch temple of Saidai-ji, the headquarters of Shingon Risshu.[1]

Go to its official Site and read more of its interesting history.
Smaller Shrines & Temples of Japan


Smaller Shrines & Temples of Japan


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