Jinja, Musubi and Ninjas

Kyushu is home to many traditional arts and crafts.

What is Jinja?
The Shinto Shrine “Jinja” was first established as a power spot where people could worship all living creatures as gods. Many people come here in order to ask the gods for a variety of things. For example, to safeguard against traffic accidents, disasters and other unexpected events. Some pray for peace in the world and some pray for things like quick recovery from sickness, to find love, to be blessed with children, to pass an exam, to win a tournament, to succeed in business, to travel safely, for their family’s health, and other daily needs.    Visit our recommended items.

What is Musubi?
Since ancient times, it’s been believed that the spirits of gods could dwell in the musubime meaning “knot” of a string or a rope. So when people’s spirits join and bear children, a little boy is called a musuko “son” and a little girl a musume “daughter”. The word musubi “tie together” conveys the source of life, which is why great spiritual power can be instilled by tieing a knot with a string or rope. The shimenawa sacred cord that’s made by tying together many smaller cords, the mizuhiki twisted paper cord used to decorate Japanese gifts and the obi sash that’s tied around kimono are all lucky talismans. They can also be used as a charm to ward off evil.   Visit our recommended items.

What is Ninja?
Ninjas are extremely patient individuals who take on large missions in secret, without drawing the attention of others. The character for nin 忍 is made up of two parts: “sword” and “heart”. A sword means more than just a sharp object, but also points to the long process of making a Japanese katana sword, through repeating steps of heating, striking and cooling the steel to forge it. In other words, ninjas are well-trained in martial arts, but at the same time they have disciplined their hearts so that they can take on great work in secret. Visit our recommended items.