04/02/2014

mini torii kuguri

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torii kuguri 鳥居潜り walking through a Shinto torii gate

The Torii stands at the border of the sacred compound. Before entering, you stop before the gate and make one deep bow. Be aware that you are now entering a sacred compound and be greatful for this.
The middle part of the access road from the torii to the shrine is reserved for the deities, so you should not walk in the middle. After bowing, proceede to the right or left and pass the gate.
Walk toward the hand-washing basin (手水 temizu, choozu) and cleanse hand, mouth and mind.

. torii 鳥居 Gate of a Shinto Shrine .

. temizuya 手水舎 purification font, purification trough .


Here we are especially looking at the small mini torii gates.

mini torii kuguri ミニ鳥居潜り crawling through a small torii gate

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At Iwazu Tenjin Shrine, this is done when a special wish has been realized.

Iwazu Tenjin, Aichi 岩津天神 - homepage
source : www.iwazutenjin.or.jp

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Yasaka Jinja 八坂神社 Kumamoto
熊本県:山鹿市山鹿196 

The deitie in residence protects from illness and keeps you in good health.
身体健全 - 病気平癒 - 無病息災.
Crawling through the mini torii will refresh your heart and keep you healthy.


Gionsan no torii kuguri ぎおんさん鳥居くぐり




This mini torii is about 35 cm high and 37 cm wide.

- source : daizukan9.blog63

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Awashima Jinja 粟島神社
Uto, Kumamoto - 熊本県宇土市新開町

This shrine also boasts the lowest mini-torii with a history of 200 years.
To crawl under it wards off evil, brings health (especially preventing women's diseases), helps with an easy birth and brings good business.
無病息災、健康開運、諸業繁栄


source : www.city.uto.kumamoto.jp

This is popular during the main festival from March 1 to 3.
The torii is about 30 cm high.

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Since mini-torii are the shrine’s specialty, the parents in the district asked the authorities to create some special ones so their kids could crawl through in the hope of helping them pass school entrance examinations. That’s how the shrine’s chief priest came up with the idea for the one he’s showing off in the photo. The shrine has assembled it during the exam period during the past two years, and this year it was left up until March 31.


The pencils are 60 centimeters high and have a diameter of 10 centimeters. The inner opening is also 30 centimeters square. Pencils usually have six sides, but the priest must have been divinely inspired to make these with five. The word for passing a test in Japanese is gookaku 合格 gokaku, with a slightly elongated o sound.
Make the o sound shorter, and the word can mean 五角 “five angles”.
- source : ampontan.wordpress.com

- - - - - HP of the shrine
- www.awashima.or.jp -

- - - - - annual festivals
- www.awashima.or.jp/gyoji -


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Bizen no Kuni Soojaguu 備前国総社宮 Soja Gu in Okayama
The 324 deities venerated in Okayama can be visited here.
岡山県岡山市中区 Central Okayama Town



Crawling through the mini torii will ward off evil 厄除開運.
The torii on the right is for men, 42 cm high.
The torii in the middle is for women, 33 cm high.




To crawl through this mini torii in the form of an ema helps to pass an examination 合格成就.
- source : nakaimawo.exblog.jp


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Awashima Jinja 淡島神社 - Nagasaki
長崎



This mini torii is for a baby, which can be pushed through in the baby bed.

There is also a course with three mini torii in the compound.
They are getting smaller, 33, 30 and 27 cm. The 27 one is said to be the lowest mini torii in Japan. Somehow they represent the birth path of a baby during childbirth.



To crawl through them will bring a good partner for life, healthy children and a blissful marriage..
This is especially popular with the ladies during the festival time.

- source : b-spot.seesaa.net/article/83520733



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Happiness is a tight squeeze!
Dougill John
source : www.greenshinto.com/wp/2014

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Walking through the Torii Gates at Fushimi-Inari Shrine
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- Reference : 日本語

- Reference : English


. Shrine, Shinto Shrine (jinja 神社) - Introduction .

- #toriikuguri -
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