18 February 2018
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia
  •    - China
  •    - Hong Kong
  •    - Japan
  •    - Macau
  •    - North Korea
  •    - South Korea
  •    - Taiwan


  • » 02/10/2018, 09.48

    JAPAN

    Japanese praying in Shinto shrines for athletes going to the Olympics and the World Cup



    At the Gou Jinja Shinto Shrine, fans of Japanese figures skaters are praying for their victory at the PyeongChang Olympics. In Japan, it is tradition to pray for athletes, “sporting gods”, ahead of important sporting competitions.

    Kyoto (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Fans of the Japanese figure skaters Satoko Miyahara and Yuzuru Hanyu have visited the Goou Jinja Shinto Shrine in Kyoto where they left written prayers for their success in the upcoming PyeongChang Olympic Games.

    The temple is famous as the home of gods that protect legs and the lower back. Wake no Kiyomaro (733-799), a member of a noble family, is said to be enshrined here as a statue of an inoshishi, or Japanese wild boar. Legend has it that he injured his legs during a journey but was healed by an inoshishi.

    Praying in temples dedicated to sport is an old Japanese tradition, especially on the eve of important sporting events. This year will be especially important for Japanese athletes as they will be competing in the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea as well as the World Cup in Russia.

    Indeed, even the temples dedicated to ballgames are already the scene of visits and prayers, a trend expected to grow as summer and the FIFA World Cup approach.

    One shrine is Shiramine Jinguh, known for possessing "ballgame gods" and getting footballs offered by professional soccer teams.

    Athletes from other disciplines also visit the site. Olympic figure skater Miyahara visited last summer at a time when she was recovering from an injury.

    "She prayed that the results of her practice would show," said Yuko Kitamura, a temple priest. The shrine, he added, “seems like it is becoming a place where athletes can reflect on themselves.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    16/02/2018 13:59:00 JAPAN
    After an injury and many prayers, Yuzuru Hanyu leads men’s single

    In November he suffered an ankle injury. Thousands of fans prayed for him. In 2011 he prayed at a Kobe shrine, hoping to become "the shining light of Tohoku”, a region devastated by a quake.



    02/01/2018 10:24:00 KOREA
    Kim Jong-un opens to Winter Games in South Korea. Seoul: Let's sit down and talk

    The proposal of the Minister of Unification in a press conference. Moon: dissolve frozen relations. It would be the first summit since December 2015.



    23/11/2017 11:01:00 KOREA
    Though 'sponsor of terrorism', North Korea will participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics

    The decision of the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic Charter protects all rights and freedoms without discrimination. November 13, "Olympic Truce" adopted by the UN General Assembly and promoted by South Korea.



    08/07/2017 09:51:00 JAPAN
    The daughter of Emperor Akihito, named Supreme Priestess of Ise Sanctuary

    Sayako Kuroda is the emperor's only daughter. She married designer Yoshiki Kuroda, losing her imperial title. She will replace Atsuko Ikeda, the Emperor's older sister, who served the temple for 29 years. Every 20 years the sanctuary is dismantled and rebuilt to accommodate the symbol of the Amaterasu deity in a new building.



    17/08/2006 JAPAN – ASIA
    Yasukuni shrine and the failure of Koizumi's diplomacy

    The premier's visit to the Shinto shrine, where the memory of kamikaze and war criminals is preserved, on the day marking the end of the Second World War, drew vociferous criticisms from across Asia. China now awaits the post-Koizumi era.  





    Editor's choices

    CHINA-VATICAN
    The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou

    Padre Pietro

    A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".


    CHINA - VATICAN - HONG KONG
    Card. Zen on the bishops of Shantou and Mindong

    Card. Joseph Zen

    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong confirms the information published in recent days by AsiaNews and reveals details of his conversation with Pope Francis on these topics: "Do not create another Mindszenty case", the primate of Hungary whom the Vatican forced to leave the country, appointing a successor in Budapest, at the will of the communist government of the time. 


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSSRSS channel 









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®