October 12, 2014
there are often fresh food or flower offerings at the shrines so when you are walking down the street there will be a plate of prepared food sitting on the sidewalk. that's not trash or food for the homeless. that is a spirit offering. at this tree a full soda with a straw so it's ready to drink and a joss stick are offered to the tree. there ae elaborate rules around the construction and placement of these shrines like they must face north or east and can not be in the shawdow of the building it's protecting. if intercession from a special spirit is required, rituals can be preformed.