Friday, November 24, 2006

Shimenawa, a ropework to show a sacred place

This is called shimenawa, a ropework made of rice straw and hang on in front of a sacred place.
Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto sightseeing
Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto sightseeing

Some shimenawas, hang on in front of main building in shrine, are thicker than the ones hang on in front of Torii, a sacred gate at the entrance of shrine like the above photo.
Fushimi-inari Shrine, Kyoto sightseeing
Fushimi-inari Shrine, Kyoto sightseeing

PS. To BrianG:
I will post the picture of shime-kazari in January because it is decorated only during the New Year season.
Location by Google Map


At 11/24/2006 12:06 PM, Anonymous jing said...

so beautiful and exotic views for me! I never saw such things in China. and whats that black and white things beside the ropework??it looks beautiful too.

At 11/24/2006 5:10 PM, Blogger zannnie said...

oh macky, i like these shimenawas and the sacred gate at the entrance of the shrine is always remembered as a 'japan icon' it seemed, at least it is to me;)


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