RITUAL - Lisa Katsiaris
RITUAL. Repeated gestures, words and actions formalise over centuries to become rituals that shape our personal, national and religious identity. Nowhere is this more evident than in Japan, where time-honoured customs and traditions are woven into the fabric of daily life and are palpable to even the most unobservant visitor: bamboo ladles at the entrance to Shinto shrines, statues of deities protecting the traveller on his or her way, shoes left at the entrance of a shrine in an act of humility, torii gates marking the transition from the profane to the sacred, and hanami, the centuries-old, annual ritual of cherry blossom viewing, a reminder of the transience of life.

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