how to pray the japanese way

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    It is very easy to pray at a shrine like the Japanese people do. First, step up to the large wooden box and bow 90º to the shrine. Then throw some coins into the box. Typically a 5 yen coin is used because it signifies good luck, but 1 yen coins work just as well. Then ring the bell that is attached to the rope and clap 2 times. After which you can make your wish and pray to the spirit of the shrine. When you finish your prayer, bow again at 90º.

    Read more. Japanese Shinto Shrine Tour


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    1. moogs 94 months ago | reply

      winner to :)

    2. frederickagustin 93 months ago | reply

      Awesome picture.

    3. 24doce 87 months ago | reply

      Because of the creative copyright of this fabulous picture, I used it in a piece of mine. I hope you don't mind. It's only going to be at Flickr anyway :) And there is a link to this one.

    4. nasedojp [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

      Deep intimacy. Well Done

    5. Farl 83 months ago | reply

      Dang this is good. it's as if you had the guy in a studio, background temple and strobe lights and all.

    6. artur sikora 80 months ago | reply

      beautifully taken moment! superb!

    7. The crazy Colombian 77 months ago | reply

      Hello kalandraka,

      this is just a short note to say a big 'Thank You' for making your photograph available under a Creative Commons (attribution) license. I recently used it for a literary/photographic experiment of mine: a book (print and online versions available) that tells my story in pictures (It is called Zen and the art of photographic story-telling and I have used your photo on the Thank You page.

      Thanks again for your generosity,

      The crazy colombian

    8. Bill Jones Jr [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called It's the Composition, Stupid, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    9. ceridwenn 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Kokoro no shashin - Creative commons pictures of Japan, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. hiç 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called justHUMAN (Faces-Lives), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. berta devant 57 months ago | reply

      So powerful in bw...

      You could think in presenting it to this contest! Imatoria - XXI Century Temples
      Your image show how faith is still present in our lives even with all the technology and changes.

    12. SSamira 55 months ago | reply

      Hi, I just wanted to let you know that i adore this photo, It's truly amazing. As this your photograph is available under a Creative Commons (attribution) license, I have used it in my blog. So thank you so much.

      I have linked the photo, so people can come here to see your other shots, they're amazing, well done.

      Thank you and keep up the awesome work.

    13. KetiKeti [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

      Great portrait ! amazing...

    14. MsJennBaby 48 months ago | reply

      Hey, I used your photo on Facebook... please check it out and find me... Jennifer Hornbrook (I hope you dont mind... but i live in japan and needed a photo for the background to my quote...)

    15. amituo_f 48 months ago | reply

      wow..amazing photo! thanks for sharing! l am using this for religion non-commercial, non-profit stuff! thanks :)

    16. SonokoHAGIWARA [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot!
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    17. zegloff 26 months ago | reply

      Howdy Jesslee!

      Thanks for posting your photographs on flickr Creative Commons. I loved this picture, and I used it in a blog post entitled "Want to Be An Artist? Here's the One Thing You Need to Know."

      The link to the post with your photo is here:

      Thanks again. I really appreciate you sharing your work!

      Cheers, Z Egloff

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