The word on the street: Chōzubachi and the purification rite at temples

Chōzubachi – vessel filled with water for purification rite
Chōzuya – Building where the Chōzubachi is located
Temizu – Purification rite

Over the last 7 weeks (wow that went fast!) I have called it many things, water basin, stone trough, purification basin, but the proper name for it is Chōzubachi, so it is our word on the street for today.

Top left clockwise: Fushimi Inari-Taisha up towards the summit of mountain, outside one of the three Samurai houses, Ryoan-ji, Higashi Honganji, Ushiku Daibutsu, Fushimi Inari-Taishi at main gates,Miyajima, Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kamakura, Naritasan Shinshoji

A Chōzubachi is found at the entrance of a temple, unless the temple is very small it will be located in a Chōzuya.
The Chōzuya is a purification pavilion where the Chōzubachi is found. Normally a simple roof over the water filled vessel(s).
Before entering the temple complex or temple people perform a purification rite called temizu

At Fushimi Inari-Taishi they have this sign which shows how temizu is performed

You take one of the dippers found on/near the basin and fill it with some water, then ou wash your left hand, then your right hand, then you pour a little water in your left hand and rinse your mouth (ou spit the water discretely behind your hand on the floor), then hold the dipper vertically so any remaining water runs out of it down the handle and washes it clean before you replace it.

Well guess this brings our word on the street to three today



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