What is the torii gate?
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.
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.
- Shiratamako (???) vs. Mochiko flour (???): I've tried making mochi ice cream recipe with both kinds of glutinous rice flour (also called sweet rice flour) but I have to say texture and flavor of mochi ice cream made with shiratamko is much better.
- Scoop the ice cream.
- Place scoops of ice cream in the freezer.
- Prepare your egg wash.
- Heat oil.
- Coat the ice cream scoops with egg wash.
- Coat the ice cream scoops' outer layer.
- Deep-fry the ice cream scoops.
- Remove the deep-fried ice cream and place on a paper towel to cool and extract extra oil.
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.
- 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.
- Perhaps the most succulent of all vegan sushi; inarizushi (abbr. inari) is sushi rice packed into a pouch of fried tofu. The tofu is flavored using mirin, vinegar, and soy sauce and has a nice sweet flavor. If you are eating out, just make sure that dashi was not used in the recipe.
- And practicing a Starch Based Vegan Diet means I can have all the potatoes I can eat! Heard these before? Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable and very healthy for you. They contain no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol.
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.
- 119 million people follow Shintoism, mainly in Japan.
- The nature of Shinto as a faith should not be misunderstood. Because ritual rather than belief is at the heart of Shinto, Japanese people don't usually think of Shinto specifically as a religion - it's simply an aspect of Japanese life. This has enabled Shinto to coexist happily with Buddhism for centuries.
- The philosophies of Buddhism and Zen, and to a lesser extent Confucianism and Shinto, influenced the samurai culture. Zen meditation became an important teaching, because it offered a process to calm one's mind.
Updated: 11th December 2019