From a 1980s era pamphlet with the aim of discouraging delinquency, an image of a male high school student (juvenile delinquent). [Translated from the original Japanese text]
I was elected as a representative of the Hokkaido-Tohoku block for the Folklore Society of Japan.
Department store display for Sanrio’s Hello Kitty goods. Shinto-like elements: 1. Back display in the shape of votive prayer tablet (絵馬 ema) with a Shinto shrine bell to ring when making a prayer 2. Hello Kitty doll costumed as a shrine maiden (巫女 miko) 3. Small case with image of Hello Kitty as shrine maiden performing a purification ritual 4. Pen case for success in studying and passing exams 5. Votive prayer tablet for writing a wish
At the Mikata Ishi Kannon Shrine in Fukui prefecture, people offer prayers to cure various ailments connected to hands/arms and feet/legs. They write their names and prayers on minature wooden votives in the shape of an arm or leg. In the past they would have offered their own hand carved votive. But now the votives are supplied by the shrine. Crutches on display attest to the healing power of the enshrined deity. Some visitors even dedicated their prosthetic limbs.
I am now a member of the Japanese Association for Studies of Religious Folklore.
日本宗教民俗学会に入会しました。 （日本語 Japanese）
Re-thatching a roof: Community work 屋根葺き：共同作業
The faithful gather daily at Ishikiri Shrine in Osaka Prefecture to pray for among other things, recovery from illness or injury.