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Buildings used for the emperor’s Daijosai ceremony are open for public viewing until December 8

Now’s your last chance to see structures that can’t be seen again until the ascension of the next emperor.

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Vandalism on rise at Japanese shrines as pro-Hong Kong protest prayer boards are defaced

Ema supporting ongoing Hong Kong protests have been crossed out, snapped into pieces, and written over in Chinese.

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Japanese Christian groups hold press conference to protest emperor’s enthronement ceremony

Coalition calls government involvement “a threat to freedom of faith.”

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Our reporter visited a dangerous torii at a Shinto shrine and almost had a heart attack

“Don’t wear headphones if you go there”: this important piece of advice will make sense in a moment.

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Christian groups in Japan criticize emperor’s ascension ceremony as violation of constitution

Spokesmen say this week’s ceremony, and another scheduled for October, violate the principal of separation of church and state.

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Man finds incredible “door to another world” right in the middle of Tokyo【Video】

While out for a stroll in Ginza, he found a portal that seemed to take him not just to another place, but another timetwice.

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Japan’s new eight-headed dragon license plates might be the coolest in the entire world【Pics】

The Yamata no Orochi is ready to leap out of the annals of mythology and onto your car.

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Japanese man gets arrested for stealing 30 yen (US 27 cents) from Shinto shrine’s collection box

Sometimes it’s not how much you steal, but where you steal it from that really gets you in trouble.

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This Shinto shrine’s gorgeous glass gateways are the only ones of their kind in all Japan【Photos】

Torii gates always have an elegant allure, but none quite like this shrine’s.
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Japanese anime fans shocked by torii gate collapse at Washinomiya aka the Lucky Star Shrine

Real-life location for the Lucky Star anime forever altered as iconic gate comes tumbling down.

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Petition to protest bulldozing of Ghibli-featured shrine gathers over 10,000 signatures worldwide

The people have made it clear that they want the shrine to stay, but will that be enough to save it?

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Hello Kitty adds Japanese exorcism to her work repertoire, Twitter baffled and amused

Is there anything Kitty can’t do? She can spiritually purify your house or room with salt now, so tell your ghost stories without fear of retribution!
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“Ghost photo” shows Kyoto’s breathtaking Fushimi Inari Shrine can be bone-chilling at night

And that flash of light isn’t even the scariest part of the snapshot.

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Plan to turn real-world shrine from Studio Ghibli anime into a parking lot upsets fans, residents

Shinto shrine was featured in recently deceased anime director Isao Takahata’s Pom Poko.

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Japan Sumo Association bans girls from prohibiting in practice event as controversy continues

Stance that the sanctity of the sumo ring is tarnished by female presence extends all the way down to elementary school-age kids.

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Controversy as announcer asks “ladies” to leave sumo ring after elderly man collapses inside it

Video of the incident has critics saying sumo’s belief about women’s inherent impurities goes too far.

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Experience the moment the local gods cross a frozen Lake Suwa【Video】

Lake Suwa in Nagano Prefecture is the scene of a curious natural phenomenon which results in ridges of ice erupting out of the frozen surface. Read More

Travelers’ misguided attempt to earn good luck is damaging Japan’s most famous torii shrine gate

While in Japan, you absolutely should visit Hiroshima’s Miyajima island, but while there, you definitely shouldn’t do this.

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Six things to avoid doing in the first three days of the Japanese New Year to have the best luck

Keep on the good side of the gods (and maybe cows and pigs too) with these tips.

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Feel what it’s like to be a Shinto shrine maiden with shrine’s experience package for foreigners

Chief priest cites popularity of miko heroine in anime hit Your Name for increased interest in traditional role.

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