A shrine maiden walks at Kanda Myojin shrine Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A shrine maiden walks at Kanda Myojin shrine Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Japan

As Japan reopens to tourists, why does Kanda Shrine suddenly need guards and surveillance cameras?

  • A rise in thefts from collection boxes, and worryingly the stealing of religious statues and ancient artefacts has forced shrines to implement security measures
  • In previous centuries, treasures were largely protected by the notion of ‘bachi ga ataru’ meaning that gods would take revenge on anyone who attempted to steal

A shrine maiden walks at Kanda Myojin shrine Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A shrine maiden walks at Kanda Myojin shrine Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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