What is the purpose of a Shinto shrine?
A shrine (jinja) is a sacred place where kami live, and which show the power and nature of the kami. It's conventional in Japan to refer to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples - but Shinto shrines actually are temples, despite not using that name.
A torii (??, literally bird abode, Japanese pronunciation: [to.?i.i]) is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to sacred.
- Yakitori (Japanese: ???) is a Japanese type of skewered chicken. Its preparation involves skewering the meat with kushi (?), a type of skewer typically made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials.
- Kami (Japanese: ?, [ka?mi]) are the spirits or phenomena that are worshipped in the religion of Shinto. They can be elements of the landscape, forces of nature, as well as beings and the qualities that these beings express; they can also be the spirits of venerated dead persons.
Itsukushima Shrine (???? Itsukushima-jinja) is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima), best known for its "floating" torii gate. It is in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan.
- Traditional Japanese sweets are largely vegan, especially those made with mochi (sticky) rice and azuki bean paste. Also included are warabi mochi, made from a fern root, kanten (a jelly made from seaweed gelatin). Dango (mochi that is shaped as a ball) is also vegan.
- Freeze again until firm, 3 hours. In deep fryer or large, heavy saucepan, heat oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Using a basket or slotted spoon, fry ice cream balls 1 or 2 at a time, for 10 to 15 seconds, until golden. Drain quickly on paper towels and serve immediately.
- Fried butter itself is nothing new — it debuted at the State Fair of Texas in 2009, and Paula Deen has her infamous fried butter balls. But this is a whole stick of butter on a stick dipped in a cinnamon honey batter and deep-fried. And then coated in a sugary glaze.
The Torii gates (??) at Fushimi Inari Shrine (??????) give me one more reason to love historical Japan. These gates date back to 711 A.D., and as a foreigner with only a 250 year old country, 1300 years old is an age I can't even fathom. In addition to age, these grounds are said to hold over 10,000 Torii gates.
- Inari sushi is a type of rice ball that is very popular in Japanese culture. It is sushi rice stuffed in seasoned Aburaage tofu pouches that closely resemble most of the sushi delicacies served in Japanese restaurants.
- When most people think of vegetarians, they think of lacto-ovo-vegetarians. Vegans do not eat meat of any kind and also do not eat eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing these or other animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin (as opposed who vegetarians, who usually eat dairy products and eggs).
- Well, if the concept behind Veganism is to not eat anything that is produced by animals or animal labor then you would have to include all fruits and almost all vegetables. This is because they are all produced using honey bee pollination. Bees travel up to 5 miles from their hives to collect pollen and nectar.
Updated: 11th December 2019