Apr 5, 2015
The altar of the secondary shrine
I find it interesting that the offerings on shrine altars and at other Shinto related places are seldom taken. The money will probably still be there the next time I visit. Around 20 years ago, however, after the economic bubble broke, there were a lot of homeless people and at that time the bottles of sake and soft drinks that people left as offerings started to disappear. So an adjustment was made, people started opening the drinks before leaving them. I asked someone about this and was told that it was done to make it easier for the spirits to drink them. Personally, I found it telling that this change from closed to open came just at the time that people started stealing the drinks, no matter what the justification.