In a time when religious belief is often used as a rallying cry, Japan makes a refreshing change with its decidedly carefree approach to faith, happily allowing for Buddhist funerals, Christian weddings and Shinto ‘christenings’ — the various doctrines of which, for many at least, are taken, quite literally in regards the latter, with a very large pinch of salt indeed.
And yet that said, many temples and shrines enjoy a surprisingly steady stream of visitors. From all walks of life. And of all ages. But whether it is down to something spiritual, more superstition-based, or merely a habit handed down from generation to generation, I simply don’t know.
But whichever it is. And whatever it is people wish for. Or want. Watching and wondering from afar is always fascinating.