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i want to start a thread on tradition in japan.

i am not an expert of japan so i will simply post things that i found in internet.


today i want to talk about japanese paper.

it is called kami (紙)in japanese.

the same word kami can be read as kami(神)and it means gods.

so japanese papers are sometimes considered to be sacred.

in fact, it is said that japanese papers lasts for more than 1000 years.

so it is used in the traditional ceremonies.


historically paper was imported from china in 610 AD but there is also a myth that paper was past down by the goddess around 500 AD. and to this day, they cerebrate it at the shrine where the goddess was supposedly appeared.


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That is very interesting information.  Thank you for sharing.

Tradition in Japan


Omusubi: another name is onigiri. it is a rice ball.


today there are many shapes of omusubi but traditionally it was triangle.

the word omusubi came from the name of the shinto god (or goddess) called musubi(産霊),who is the god of birthing everything in universe.

the name of this god musubi was written in the book called kojiki(古事記), which was written in 7th century.

it is said that the god dwelled in omusubi so that people got energy from it. and the triangle was the best shape for god to dwell in. like the pyramids i guess.


i am glad that japanese are still keeping the tradition.

if you want to know how to make omusubi


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Tradition in Japan


Kotodama(言霊):spirits dwelled in words


there is the anthology called Manyoshu, which was made around 8th century, in japan.

one of the famous poets is 「志貴島のやまとの国は言霊のさきはふ国ぞ福(さき)くありとぞ」.

it means Japan is the country where power of spirits dwelled in words brings happiness and blessings to its people. 

in short, ancient japanese knew that what you said would come true.

that is why there is not many bad words or slangs in japanese.

people avoid using words like stupid to prevent some sorts of misfortunes. 


further more, it is believed in every japanese alphabet there is god or goddess. and every alphabet has a meaning.

for example, the word su(す)is the goddess who made the universe. 


thank you for reading.



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Tradition in Japan


Osoji(大掃除):the biggest cleaning day of the year


Osoji is usually done in new years eve to welcome the god.

it is said that the god loves to dwell in the beautiful and clean home.

it is also said that the god likes things that are pointy so after cleaning people decorate the entrance of their house with kadomatsu(門松), which is made out of bamboos and pines. 


i did not do osoji every year because i was lazy but i am going to do it this year...


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Tradition in Japan


Hatsumode(初詣):the first shrine visit of the new year


Hatsumode is a modern tradition. it became popular after building the railroads in 19th century.

but there was a custom called ehoumairi(恵方参り),which is a precedent for hatsumode in edo period. 

the direction from which the blessings come from changes every year and people visited the nearest shrine according to the prediction. 


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customs are simplified in modern day.

first, you wash your hands when you get to the shrine. in old days you had to cleanse your body in a cold river or sea.

second, ring the bell to notify yourself to god. in old day, maidens had to dance with bells in front of the shrine for one hour.

thirdly, you take the written fortune. in old days you had to wait until a maiden or a mediator gave you words from god. 


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japanese emperor's ritual of the new year.

formal ceremony has been past down to the japanese emperor since ancient time. 

at the ceremony the emperor recites the words that all the bad things come to him so that people would get only the blessings. 


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Tradition in Japan


Kagamimochi(鏡餅):race cake of new year


making Kagamimochi is a part of new year tradition in japan to welcome god.

it is said that god dwells in it.


on 11th of January, there is an event called Kagamibiraki(鏡開き),in which people break Kagamimochi and eat it. 

it is called Mitamawake (御霊分け).

i think it resembles Christian Communion, which people share the bread and wine. 

i found it is interesting that you use wooden hammer instead of knife when you divide Kagamimochi because it reminds you seppuku, which is a honorable suicide. 


i hope it was interesting.


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Robot in Shinto country


i found an interesting video clip on how robots are embraced in Shinto society.

basically they compare how robots are perceived differently in japan and the west.


so i would like to introduce a little bit about the religious background of japan.

Shinto is a native faith in japan and it is animism and polytheism.

it is said  that god and goddess dwell in everything and everywhere.

so god is in robot too? maybe.


japanese have been making robots as early as 17th century.

the earlier robots were called Karakuri Ningyo(からくり人形),which were essentially mechanical dolls.

so it seems like it is easier for the japanese to adapt robots in their everyday life.


but i think in near future we may no longer need them because we will be transformed according to Drunvalo Melchizedek.

Tradition in Japan


Onmyouji(陰陽師):it was established around 8th century, Heian period. 


Onmyouji worked in the government and they were equivalent of both astronomer and fortune teller.

they basically created peace and harmony among people and natures brought blessings in Japanese society using esoteric magic

their works can be found in Kyoto and many other places in Japan.


one of the most famous Onmyouji is called Abenoseimei(安倍晴明)

there is a movie.


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