in Shinto terminology are sacred spaces or altars used to worship. Himorogi are usually areas demarcated with green bamboo or sakaki at the four corners supporting sacred border ropes (shimenawa). A branch of sakaki at the center is erected as a yorishiro, a physical representation of the presence of the kami, a being which is in itself incorporeal.

During the Aoi Festival in Kyoto the himorogi is a square space surrounded by green branches with an evergreen tree at the center as a yorishiro. A more elaborate himorogi can also be made with a straw mat on the ground with a ceremonial 8-legged stand on it decorated with shimenawa and sacred emblems. The etymology of the word is unclear, but it appears already in the Nihongi and in the Man'yōshū.


  • Sugiyama, Shigetsugu Himorogi. Encyclopedia of Shinto. Retrieved on 2008-07-18..

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