A beautiful warm sunny day walking in my old neighborhood and prayers and meditation at the local Temple. While I was there monks began a chanting and drumming ceremony which was deeply soulful and moving. ❤️🙏🇯🇵
Okay last post until tomorrow morning!! We went to this beautiful temple yesterday morning which was FULL of lucky cats; but had to leave shortly after because the giant bees were making us uncomfortable.
Shinto shrines (神社 jinja,meaning "place of the god/s) are structures with the purpose to house or to"enshrine" kami or gods. There can be more than one kami enshrined on each shinto shrines and there are many distinct features of these shinto shrines. The three most important are the Torri which is the gate which basically signifies that this is a shinto shrine. Chōzuya where people wash their hands, mouth and the hand of the water ladle that they use to purify themselves before approaching the main hall. The main hall or Honden ( 本殿 ) is where the kami is enshrined and people come to pray and give offerings. Most people go there frequently and there are also festivals inside the shrines which catches the attention of people because of its importance or liveliness
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“The mind goes and the tool walks alone” Shiko Munakata, reknown woodblock artist was deeply influenced by his spiritual upbringing Zen Buddhism (it is not I who am doing this), and Shintoism (there is a spirit in every thing). Munakata often said “One must give into the power of the board.” Ego Give In. #humility#zen#spirituality#creative#collective#spiritual#art#philosophy#woodblockprint#carljung
From my departed mother’s book-Library of Japanese Art: Munakata. She loved his art so much.