Shinto priests making their way to a new year ritual celebration  at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, December 31, 1999.  They wear paulownia.© Reuters/CORBIS
Shinto priests making their way to a new year ritual celebration at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, December 31, 1999. They wear paulownia.
© Reuters/CORBIS

Religious Shoes

Followers of both Buddhism and Shinto observe auspicious days and pilgrimages. Passages of life are also celebrated and specific costumes are often donned to mark these rites.

Shinto Faith

Shinto originated in prehistoric Japan as a combination of nature and ancestor worship. The ceremonies and festivals of the Shinto religion celebrate aspects of life, from the planting and harvesting of rice to auspicious birthdays.

Buddhist Faith

Buddhism was brought to Japan from China in the 6th century C.E., and is most evident in Japan in the worship of ancestors through funerary and memorial rites. Many Japanese combine practices from both Buddhist and Shinto religions.

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