Tori at the Shirahige Jinja Shinto Shrine, near Takashima, Japan
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Japan in Haiku 3: Shrine Etiquette

Shrine Etiquette (Newly Acquired)

Wash, bow, clap twice, wish.
Ring the bell and offer thanks
watch your worries float.

We come across our first shrine en route to the Japan Alps; the Shirahige Jinja Shinto Shrine near Takashima. The gate or torii is picture book Japan, a rare floating gate set out in the lake. But back at the shrine we are unsure what to do.

We try to seek advice on shrine etiquette. It’s not easy when everything is in Japanese and no-one speaks English. But we figure it out, pay our respects, make a prayer and leave our worries behind.

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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