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  • If you're visiting Japan, you're probably gonna visit a shrine or two.

  • I've lived in Japan for quite some time now, but when I first came here, I didn't know there was a proper way to shrine.

  • In this video, I'm gonna show you the do's and don'ts on how to shrine in Japan.

  • Don't worry; it's not too difficult, and if you get it all right, Japanese people will love you for it.

  • Let's get started.

  • Before entering the main shrine area, you've gotta cleanse your body at the Temizu-ya, also known as a water pavilion.

  • Scoop water in a ladle with your right hand, pour water over your left hand, and then switch hands and wash your right hand.

  • Now, take some water in your left hand and rinse your mouth, but don't drink it.

  • Finally, rinse the ladle with the remaining water, like so.

  • No need to wash your head; we're not taking showers here.

  • Don't put your mouth directly on the ladle; that's gross.

  • And no hand scooping; that's also gross.

  • Don't take the water home with you.

  • Don't play with the water.

  • And you don't have to clean that much.

  • Now, you're ready to walk towards the main shrine area.

  • Use only the sidewalk ways like this, and whatever you do, don't walk in the center.

  • This is reserved for the gods; don't piss them off.

  • Passing Through the Gate

  • Bow once to say hello to the God.

  • No, "Karate Kid" bows or curtsies or special dance moves.

  • Also, the Shrine is like God's house.

  • It's super rude to enter in from the side or the back door.

  • At the altar, you've got to throw some coins into the saisen box, also known as offering box.

  • Five yen in Japanese sounds like good fortune, so include five yen if possible, but any amount is fine.

  • Just throw it in quietly and keep it simple; stick to money and no three-pointers.

  • To pray, bow twice, clap twice, and then pray.

  • Then bow one more time.

  • The number of bows and claps may differ from shrine to shrine; this is a basic pattern.

  • No turns; stick to claps.

  • No need to go overboard with this and don't wish too much.

  • You're supposed to be thanking God more than you're supposed to be wishing for your own stuff.

  • Finally, when exiting a shrine, you need to bow one last time to thank God for the hospitality.

  • Don't be rude walking away without saying goodbye, and don't bow facing backwardsGod doesn't want to see your butt.

  • There are several other rules to note.

  • No running, no drinking, no climbing statues, even for that perfect selfie.

  • Also, before you go to the shrine, make sure you have the proper attire.

  • They don't have stick rules nowadays, but covering shoulders and wearing clean shoes is always good.

  • No hats or anything else ridiculous.

  • Manners for temples and shrines are a bit different, but as long as you remember these basics, you won't embarrass yourself.

  • And most of all, your Japanese friends will love you.

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  • See you guys in the next video!

If you're visiting Japan, you're probably gonna visit a shrine or two.

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