Inari, Matsuri

Sangyo-sai (産業祭)

Sangyo-sai (産業祭 - Industrial Festival) is an annual festival at Fushimi Inari Taisha - 'A ceremony expressing thanks to Inari Okami, the deity of all business enterprises, and praying for business success and economic prosperity.' - (Fushimi Inari Website) This festival is one in which people pray for economic prosperity and success with their businesses.… Continue reading Sangyo-sai (産業祭)

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Mythology, Shinto

Tomoe: What does it mean?

If you are familiar with Shinto or Japanese culture at all, you will most likely have seen the tomoe symbol. Tomoe,  (巴 or 鞆絵, とも) is a Japanese symbol that is widely accepted as the symbol of Shinto. 'Tomoe' can roughly be translated as 'comma', with mitsu-tomoe meaning 'three commas'. The mitsu-domoe is the version usually… Continue reading Tomoe: What does it mean?

Mythology, Shinto

Shinto Cosmology

Today I will talk about the Japanese creation story. This myth can change depending on various sources and so can be moulded to fit various sects of the Shinto faith. Before you begin reading, I feel it is important to state that this is very heavily referenced from the internet. However, I felt this is an… Continue reading Shinto Cosmology