shrines

Does Tokyo’s “breakup shrine” really have the power to end relationships?

We set out to dispel rumours about the shrine’s mysterious power…but it ends up biting us in the butt.

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Preserve a piece of Japanese culture during Corona with your own mini shrine hand-washing ladle

Take your own hishaku ladle with you to purify yourself before entering a Shinto shrine. 

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This shrine in Japan looks too beautiful to exist in our world

A gorgeous sight from a part of Japan that isn’t on many travelers’ itineraries.

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There’s a shrine and strange scene waiting for you at the top of this Japanese train station

Before you hop on the train out of Fukuoka’s Hakata Station, visit the kids of good fortune in their shrine in the sky.

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Japanese shrine creates special water fountain for thirsty bees

Sweet act of kindness melts everyone’s hearts.

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A visit to “the most blessed kappa statues in all of Japan”【Photos】

The fabled yokai water imps at this shrine want to make you happy for your whole life.

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Fujiyama Shrine has nothing to do with Mt. Fuji, everything to do with springtime beauty【Photos】

Famous for fuji, and with good reason.

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Sacred forbidden forest at a Japanese shrine has been off-limits to visitors for centuries

We get to enter a holy land that’s been protected since ancient times, and it reminds us of the world of Princess Mononoke.

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Real-life Demon Slayer? A visit to the legendary split boulder of Haban Shrine【Photos】

This shrine’s anime-level boulder has an anime-level backstory.

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Stars align and magic happens in meteor shrine photos from Japan coast【Photos】

The real show at this Izu beach town was happening up above.

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Cursed sites of Tokyo: A love shrine with 7 mysteries and a vengeful samurai ghost

Dark details you won’t find in travel guides to Japan. 

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A visit to Japan’s forbidden forest of Yawata no Yabushirazu

Just a half-hour outside downtown Tokyo, legends say that if you enter this thicket, you’ll be spirited away and never return.

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Huge crowds go to Japanese temples on New Year to “pray for things to return to normal”

The only thing thicker than the crowds is the irony.

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Japan Airlines staff reassigned to work as shrine maidens during coronavirus travel downturn

New role shifts focus from the literal skies to the figurative heavens.

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Japanese water purification ritual at shrines under threat due to the pandemic

Shrine enthusiasts come up with a clever solution to help preserve an important tradition.

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Typhoon destroys real Ghost of Tsushima island shrine torii gate, crowdfunding campaign launched

Video game inspiration receives massive support in request for repair donations.

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Samurai’s severed head moved in Tokyo, earthquake occurs at his body in Ibaraki

“More care than a nuclear weapon” required to restore the burial mound dedicated to Japan’s most vengeful spirit.

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Why buy your cat a cat house when you can buy a cat shrine from Japan instead?

The Neko Jinja House lets you worship your cat in the comfort of your own home.

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Japanese police hide at shrine in camo gear to catch a thief…who stole six bucks 【Video】

Elaborate sting operation lasts over four hours, ends with an officer tripping over and another one appearing from the bushes in a full-on Ghillie suit.

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Akihabara’s otaku shrine celebrates PlayStation 5 launch with ethereal one-night event

The PS5 is welcomed into the world at a Japanese shrine with a long history of protecting electronics.

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