How to Pray at a Shinto Shrine in Japan

How to Pray at a Shinto Shrine in Japan

In Tokyo for New Years, at a Shinto Shrine, surrounded by celebrating Japanese and you are completely lost as to what you're supposed to be doing.
 
Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan, teaching us that every living thing has a kami, or living spirit. In Shintoism, it is totally appropriate to either make a wish or to pray silently.
 
 
Here's how to do it without getting scoffed at:
 
Step One: Put your offering (typically monetary) into the offering box.
 
Step Two: Ring the bell once
 
Step Three: Bow Two times
 
Step Four: Clap twice, and reflect on your prayer or wish
 
Step Five:  Bow once again
 
There you have it!
 
 
Enjoy your steaming yakisoba and piping hot sake, because the night's gonna be a good night. Who knows, maybe we'll even bump into each other...
 
 
Written and contributed by TheAlexLop
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