Translated by Miki Takeshita
Four Things to Do When Visiting Shrines in Japan
Written by Takuro Komatsuzaki
At shrines, you need to clean your mouth and hands before visiting inside. Chozu is a conventional manner that makes you get in mood of praying before god.
Bowing and Clapping
When praying or making wishes, you have to keep to "Ni-rei Ni-hakusyu Ichi-rei(二礼二拍手一礼)" rule of bowing and clappings.
Enjoy the Omikuji
Blessing or curse on your piece of paper foretells your yearly fortune.
Tie the Omikuji
To show gratitude toward god, Japanese tie the omikuji to "Musubi-dokoro(結びどころ)".
To Sum up
How was it? We hope you enjoyed learning these manner when visiting shrines. Please try it out when you've come to Japan! We are waiting for you from the bottom of our heart.