Many first visitors to Japan are unaware that the main religion is Shintoism. Even though buddhism is very spread and deeply rooted in society and most Japanese embrace customs from both religions, shintoism is a unique religion only found here.
Shinto shrines are easily recognized by its gates, torii, of red, orange or wooden colour.
Even though shintoism is not based in a strict doctrine, festivals and ceremonies are based in the religion’s devotion for nature spirits and purification.
There are more than 80,000 shrines in Japan. They tend to be crowded by New Year, for a birth celebration or during the shichigosan (celebrating anniversaries of 3, 5 and 7 year-old children).