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Purification rituals are central to Japans native Shinto religion. No one will expect from you to be a Shinto expert, but you maybe can pleasantly surprise some Japanese by performing the temizu, a simplified, abbreviated version ritual, and respecting their culture before entering a Japanese shrine.
Just before the final torii gate of a shrine, before its innermost grounds, you will encounter a temizuya, a small pavilion with a water-filled basin.
The ritual you need to perform here is quite simple. You take one of the ladles, a hishaku, you see there in your right hand. You scoop a little bit of water with it and let it run over your left hand. Then you take the hishaku and repeat the process with your right hand.
After you cleaned your hands pour some water in your left hand to rinse your mouth. Finally then hold the hishaku upright so that the remaining water cleans the handle before you return it to its place.
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