The Main Torii Gate at the Front Entrance
|Meiji Shrine Main Torii by Parking Lot|
Don't walk in the centre line of the approach as that is for the gods. The main avenue is called Sei-chu for the passage of Gods, so you should walk at the sides of the torii gate and avenue beyond it.
Purification at the Temizu
When entering the grounds of a Shinto shrine a symbolic cleansing called temizu to purify the hands should be performed. This purification should be done before visiting the central shrine to clean the body and mind.
- Pickup a water ladle with your right hand.
- Scoop some water and pour water over your left hand.
- Switch the ladle to your left hand and rinse the right hand.
- Now switch the ladle back on right hand. Cup your left hand, pour water into it, then rinse your mouth.
- Then rinse your left hand again and you are done.
In front of the building with the big rope there will be a wooden offertory box called a Saisenbako for coin offerings. The box will have a metallic grid so the coins thrown in will make a loud noise. There is no specific monetary amount to offer, as it is your wish and belief in the deity that is important.
1. Toss your coin(s) into the offertory box.
2. Ring bell with the large red/white rope to call the god into the shrine.
3. Do two deep bows.
4. Make your wish in your heart.
3. Now clap twice.
4. Make one more deep bow.
|A small shrine guarded by foxes. Leave some inari for the fox spirit!|
You can also purchase paper fortunes (omikuji) or wish plaques (ema). For the fortunes, there are usually these cylindrical containers with little sticks inside with a number on each one. Pay the attendant, pick up the container, shake it until a stick comes out. The attendant gives you the paper fortune matching the number. If the fortune is bad you can tie them to a tree branch or a designated place to for the Shrine's God to dispel the bad luck. If it is good luck you take the fortune home with you.
|Bad luck fortunes disposed of here!|