5 Most Sacred Shinto Shrines in Japan

5 Most Sacred Shinto Shrines in Japan

Shintoism in Japan is known as the religion of the gods, thus the shrines and temples built in this faith are dedicated to them. Each sacred place holds a connection with a particular god or a really popular human (poet, warrior, ruler) and people go to these places to pray either for luck, health, love, better harvest or for the souls of those who passed away. Many sacred sites have also a strong connection with a particular emperor or lord of the surrounding land too. The 5 most sacred Shinto ... [ read more ]

Short Guide to Japanese Customs

Short Guide to Japanese Customs

Japanese customs greatly vary from the social conventions of the West. They have quite strict rules regarding social behavior in all aspects of life and though the Japanese people are aware of the cultural differences, they expect visitors to present a high level of respect no matter the place or situation and might easily be offended if the visitor does not respect the local rules. Hopefully this short guide to Japanese customs will help you to understand and learn their ways of behaving be... [ read more ]