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Shrines do not choose religion

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

Kami (Japanese: 神, [kaꜜmi]) are the spirits or phenomena that are worshipped in the religion of Shinto. They can be elements of the landscape, forces of nature, as well as beings and the qualities that these beings express. In Shinto, kami are not separate from nature, but are of nature, possessing positive and negative, and good and evil characteristics. They are manifestations of the interconnecting energy of the universe, and are considered exemplary of what humanity should strive towards. There are considered to be many variations of kami. Ya-o-yorozu no kami (八百万の神, countless kami). ("八百万" literally means eight million, but idiomatically it expresses "uncountably many" and "all around".

So, shrines of Shinto do not choose religion.

The Hakone Shrine (箱根神社 Hakone Jinja) is a Japanese Shinto shrine on the shores of Lake Ashi in the town of Hakone.

According to shrine tradition, Hakone-jinja was founded in 757[2] during the reign of Emperor Kōshō.The original shrine was at the summit of the Komagatake peak of Mount Hakone.

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