Offerings made on a visit to a shrine. For the ordinary shrine visitor the offering might be a few coins (saisen) thrown into the offertory box (saisen-bako). On other occasions the offerings may be of cloth (including heihaku). Another meaning of saimotsu is the ritual robes of raw silk worn by the new emperor during the Daijo-sai.

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  • Hairei —    The form of individual worship used at Shinto shrines. It varies in degree of elaborateness and formality, but typically comprises approaching the kami, making a small offering (saimotsu) by throwing a few coins into the offertory box (saisen… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Heihaku —    = Go hei. An upright stick with hanging zig zag strips of white (occasionally some red) paper, cloth or even metal attached to either side, usually placed in front of the doors of the honden, or carried wherever the kami travels, e.g. in a… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Saisen —    Coins offered to the kami. They are usually thrown into the offertory box (saisen bako) which may be located at the shrine or, in a portable version, taken on the shinko shiki. At the toka (tenth day of the new year) ebisu of the Nishininomiya …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

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