"Kami" is the Japanese word for the spirits, natural forces, or essence in the Shinto faith. Kami does not only mean "spirit", but also an aspect of spirituality. Nature, nature phenomena, Ancestral Spirits, growth and fertility are attributed to Kami.

The red gate you see in the picture is the gate (torii) for one of the shrines in Kyoto, Japan. The color red is a charm against evil spirits for many shrines across Japan. Colors can have different meanings and messages around the world.

Kinakaku-ji temple in snow, Kyoto, Japan 金閣寺 - Double click on the photo to Design & Sell a #travel itinerary to #Japan at www.guidora.com

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Geisha in the Gion District, the most famous geisha district in Japan.