● Hatsumode worship manners
★ Etiquette when visiting a shrine for the first time
At the torii, bow first and then go through. The path from the entrance to the main shrine is called "Sando", and the middle of the approach is the path through which God passes. For this reason, worshipers must not walk in the middle of this road (called "Sechu"). Walking on the left and right sides is the basic manner.
Next, cleanse your mind at the Tesumi-sha (pronounced "Teomizu" or "Temizusha") on the side of the approach.
It is said to purify the drainage, and it means to purify your hands and mouth before worshiping and to take evil before entering the sanctuary of God.
[How to clean in Tesuisha]
・ Hold a ladle (read as ladle) with your right hand to scoop water and pour water on your left hand to purify.
・ Next, clean your left hand with your right hand.
・ Next, hold the ladle in the right hand to rinse the mouth, pour water in the palm of the left hand, fill it in the mouth, rinse without making a noise. Do not put your mouth directly).
・ Finally, pour a little water on your left hand, put up a ladle, pour the handle (the part you have) with the remaining water, and gently return to the original place.
This is the end of the purification using Tesuisha.
Next is worship.
Put the offer in the offer box. Offers should be quiet, not thrown, because they are offerings that show thanks to God. If there is a bell, it shakes and rings, and performs "two bows two claps one bow".
・ Two deep bows.
・ Two claps. At this time, hit your right hand slightly down.
・ One bow. Thank you to God, aligning your fingers and putting your hands together.
-Finally, bow and leave.
The manners of worship may differ depending on the shrine, so be sure to find out how to worship at that shrine when you visit a shrine.
After worship, leave the torii gate, look back and bow again.
★ Manners for visiting a temple for the first time
The entrance of the temple is also called Yamamon. It derives from the ancient Chinese temple built on the mountain. There is a temple as a place where you can face the Buddha in front of the Buddha. Before entering the temple, quietly join hands and bow before proceeding.
It's not like walking at a shrine. You can walk in the middle of the approach to the temple. There is also a suisha, and the method of purifying yourself is the same as the way you do it at a shrine. When you arrive at the main hall, bow and offer your offer. If you have a bell, shake it and pray with your hands together in front of your chest. When worship is over, bow again with gratitude.