Thursday, January 03, 2008

Shimekazari

Shimekazari in Kyoto
Shimekazari, one of New Year's decorations, as well as Kadomatsu and Shimenawa, is hang on the top of the entrance to keep the evil away and welcome the gods. It consists of propitious decorations, like a orange, kelp, a prawn, fern, folding fan and so on.

6 Comments:

At 1/03/2008 11:29 PM, Blogger Gwen said...

Interesting about welcoming the gods. I frequently see decorations at doorways that include mirrors to reflect away evil spirits.

 
At 1/04/2008 10:43 AM, Blogger Jazzy said...

=)

 
At 1/04/2008 11:37 AM, Blogger Dalicia said...

that's nice :) happy new year to you..i like that idea

 
At 1/04/2008 7:48 PM, Blogger macky said...

Thanks for the comments!!
gwen,
Interesting to use mirrors to keep the evils away. By the way, mirrors are put inside the main buildings of shrines as a kind of god. They are enshrined to thank the sun through them because there are no harvest, without the sun.

 
At 12/26/2008 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your picture and infor. :) I'm writting about Japanese New Year, this entry is very useful.

Happy New Year!

 
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