Created 14-Jan-13
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Kadomatsu: ( literally "gate pine") is a traditional Japanese decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes to welcome ancestral spirits or kami of the harvest. Shimekazari: (しめ飾り) its purpose is to prevent bad spirits from entering and to invite the Toshigami (歳神), or Shinto deity, to descend and visit. This traditional New Year decoration is made of shimenawa, a sacred Shinto straw rope, and other materials such as bitter oranges, ferns, and white ritual paper strips called shide.
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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Japan
Keywords:Japan, Kyoto, Shimekazari, Shinto, Toshigami, kadomatsu, しめ飾り, 歳神, 門松