Mr. Gaijin Builds His Dream House

Sprinkling salt from a saucer to purify the ground, Shinto Priest Hirotsugu Moriya stands murmuring ancient incantations at the edge of a parking lot. Then, bowing before a makeshift wooden altar festooned with offerings of sweet potatoes, carrots, mandarin oranges, and bottles of sake, the white-robed, black-hatted Moriya beseeches the local gods to protect the site from misfortune. One by one, the people assembled to observe this jichinsai ceremony step up to the altar and bow.

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