Collecting God's Money :: Beautiful Japan #52

in photography •  2 years ago 

A miko collecting the shrine’s morning donations.

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In Shinto, traditionally miko (me-koh) were the daughters of the Shrine’s priest and held an important place in running the shrine. These days, however, a miko is simply a shrine assistant, likely only holding the position as a part-time job during college. They do odd jobs, sell souvenirs and fortunes, and maybe do some dances in traditional events.

I love the outfit. Nice and simple.

Most people donate a little when they visit shrines. The most popular amount to give is 5 yen or 50 yen. Both of those coins are considered lucky due to the hole in the middle.


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nice post

Thank you :)