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How many times

This is a sort of abacus to count how many times you have come to pray at this shrine.

 

This is a sort of abacus to count how many times you have come to pray at this shrine.

 

An individual may retreat as far as the first of the twin lintelled gates (torii) at the entrance to the shrine, and then return to the shrine building itself, and then back to the first torirr again. Each time they arrive at the shrine building they would clap and bow, and that would constitute one shrine visiting. They would repeat the process counting the number of visits with this abacus.

 

It is conventional wisdom that it is effective to visit a shrine one hundred times and the practice of visiting the same shrine many times is refered to as one hundred times visiting but this abacus enables us to count up to 1000 visits, assuming that the second rung counts tens and the third one hundreds.

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Taken on July 10, 2005