Eight million Gods (kami)

My wife and daughter in a shrine

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. โ˜†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 ๐Ÿ˜ฅ )
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 ๐Ÿ˜Ž )

โ˜†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.

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I live in Kawagoe-city Saitama-prefecture Japan. There are many traditional warehouses in Kawagoe. So many Japanese and the people from overseas come to sightseeing. http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/index.html

20 thoughts on “Eight million Gods (kami)”

    1. Oh, I had a lack of talk.:roll:Many people are relate to temples.
      For example grave, funeral rites and others.
      In these situation some family become a supporter of a Buddhist temple before they know.
      This theme may be difficult to tell about.

  1. Visiting temples to Japanese is a way of life and culture, because it’s what you do; and not particularly you believe in any specific religion or belief, maybe?

  2. I think Japanese people who may not have a religion can still be spiritual. I think most Japanese have some spirituality and belief.

    1. Thatโ€™s right.
      Japanese often say โ€œๅ›ฐใฃใŸใจใใฎ็ฅž้ ผใฟโ€ (If you are troubled, you had better pray Gods.) since aged ago.
      We tend to depend on God.
      We had better help Gods than we do.
      ใŸใ ใ—ใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฎๅœฐ้œ‡ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซใฉใ†ใซใ‚‚ใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจใใฏ็ฅž้ ผใฟใ‚‚ใ—ใŸใใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚


  3. Sorry, if I will offend anybody. Do you all believe that all gods of all polytheistic religions really exsist? Some researches show that contacts with so called gods and aliens are similiar to contacts with demons(described in ancient documents). It’s horrible thought for me that in reality behind so called kami(and other gods) act demons(oni ้ฌผ, akki ๆ‚ช้ฌผ, akuma ๆ‚ช้ญ”).

    1. If you are offended at my post, Iโ€™m sorry for poor English and knowledge.
      ๅ…ซ็™พไธ‡ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใŸใจใˆใงๅฎŸ้š›ใซๆ•ฐใˆใŸใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใŒใ€ไบบ้–“ใฎๅญ˜ๅœจใ‚’่ถ…ใˆใŸ่‡ช็„ถใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใจๅ…ฑ็”Ÿใ‚’่€ƒๆ…ฎใ—ใŸ่จ€่‘‰ใ ใจใ‚‚่€ƒใˆใ‚‰ใ‚Œใพใ™ใ€‚




      1. cocomino-ใ•ใ‚“ใŒๅฎถใซ็„กไบ‹ใงๅธฐใฃใฆใ‚ˆใ‹ใฃใŸใ€‚่ฟ”ไบ‹ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ ็งใฏcocomino-ใ•ใ‚“ใซๆฐ—ใซ้šœใ‚‰ใ‚Œใพใ›ใ‚“ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚็งใฏใŸใ ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่€ƒใˆใ‚’ๆ•™ใˆใฆใ‚ใ’ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใฎใ‚ตใ‚คใƒˆใ‚’ใ‚†ใฃใใ‚Š่€ƒใˆใฆๅ‘ผใ‚“ใงใฟใพใ™ใ€‚

    2. ๆญป็ฅžใจใ„ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใŒใ€ใ†ใกใงใฏใ€ŒใŠๅŒ–ใ‘ใ€ใจใ„ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใŒใ‚ˆใไฝฟใ‚ใ‚Œใพใ™ใ€‚

      ๅญ˜ๅœจใ‚’ไฟกใ˜ใ‚‹ใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใงใ™ใŒใ€ใ€Œ็ง‘ๅญฆ็š„ใซใฏใ„ใชใ„ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅฟƒใฎไธญใซใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†

      1. ่ฟ”ไบ‹ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚cocomino-ใ•ใ‚“ใฎ่€ƒใˆๆ–นใ‚’ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

  4. Cocmine:
    I just woke up on East Coast of US (5:30 a.m.) and am watching the horrible devestation in Japan from the earthquake and tsunami. I was so happy to see your post–but I don’t know what time it all happened. I pray that you and your loved ones are o.k. Please, if you are able, write a post and let your readers know that you are o.k. Your country is in my prayers.

    1. Cocomino is keeping us updated on Twitter. @cocomino3

      He said that he and his family are all fine.
      You can check it in the side bar on his blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

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