An Ancient Shintō Ritual with a New “Sense” of Cleanliness (Japan in Photos)

Customarily, visitors to Shintō shrines use a hishaku dipper to scoop water and ceremonially cleanse the hands and mouth before praying. But the four-century-old Maebashi Tōshōgū in Gunma Prefecture has simplified the process by trading its traditional temizuya, where worshippers conduct the cleansing ritual, for an updated version equipped with automatic sensors. This photo from April 20, 2017, also shows an unconventional wooden stand that dispenses paper towels. (© Jiji)

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