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Shime-kazari (Special decoration for Japanese New Year’s)

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A shimenawa is a rope used to mark the boundary between this world and the next at shrines and other sacred places where gods are worshipped.

A shimenawa with lucky charms and other decorations attached to it is called a shime-Kazari. This is also a part of the Shogatsu event, which means that the house with the shime-kazari is ready to welcome the god of the year and is a sacred place.


The presence of the shimekazari makes the place safe and pure for the gods of the year to come down with peace of mind.

Originally, shime-kazari was usually made of rice straw to wish for a good harvest, but recently, more and more traditional shime-kazari are being arranged.

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