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Kindai Shakaku Seido 近代社格制度 The modern system for the classification of Shinto shrines

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Santuari Giapponesi

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Known simply as shakaku 社 格 it's a state system that divides and classifies Shinto shrines ( Shinto is the state religion) as national and other and based on this classification they are treated differently.

kanji of the year 今年の漢字 Kotoshi no kanji A New Tradition that Fascinates

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shodo kanji new year

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Japan has many traditions, some of which are recent, such as this one introduced for the first time in 1995, really only a few years ago, but which already have a very important following.

Otoshidama お年玉 the Gift that Children and Adults are Waiting for

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Otoshidama お 年 玉 is an gift, we can said is one of the Japanese traditions, where relatives, parents or close friends give money to children (but also to adults) with the first days of the year.

Osechi-ryōri 御 節 料理 Traditional New Year Food

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Japanese Osechi

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In Japan there are some periods of the year that are "sacred" and not only in the spiritual sense, but days where the tradition is followed to the letter, the past returns to homes and especially to the tables of the Japanese.

Kotodama 言霊 - The Power of Words in Japan

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People often said that words have a soul, that their importance is reflected in what a person does. In Japan this has been true since ancient times when it was believed that words "bind" the one who pronounces them and those to whom they are addressed.

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