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..