Category Archives: Japan



shimekazari orange decoration paper straw hanging over door toba japan ise house front door

Wrote a finals paper on this New Years decoration, so it was wonderful to finally see.  Consisting of Shimenawa braided rope,  folded paper, a bitter orange, pine and fern leaves.  These decorations are hung above entrance doorways to keep away misfortune and invite the gods of harvest.  Ise, Mie Prefecture.