Shrines and temples are like a park and a walkway respectively.
Some may say that these places are solemn places.
But most Japanese don’t think about their religion seriously.
According to a book
The number of Shinto gods was extremely large and this can be seen from
its existence in the Japanese mythology of the phrase yaoyorozu no kami, meaning “eight million Gods(kami)”.
I heard that Japanese accepted various other gods. ☆1
I realized that there were about ten shirines and temples within three kilometers from my house.
I construe them as an oxygen that is important but isn’t noticed every day.
For example I bought charms on new year’s day but I usually forgot bringing with them.
But when some bad things occur to us or we want to ask for favors, we may remember them.
My daughters often go there to gather fallen leaves, acorns and insects.
(I often notice them in laundry machine 😥 )
I think they don’t distinguish these places from parks.
In addition meeting places of neighborhood association are suited in the same area of the shrine.We get together there and talk about the latest events in town.
After all these places are completely integrated with the town naturally
( This photo is also my second weekly photo challenge. shadow 😎 )
☆1 According to research, 75 percent of Japanese said ” I have no religion.”
But I think this rate is too high.Many people visit there.