When paying respects to the kami at a Shinto shrine, it is standard practice to begin by purifying both hands and then one's mouth with water at a font called a temizuya, often located along the approach. When standing the before the shrine building (haiden) itself, a person begins with an offering to the kami, followed by two deep bows. After this, one claps their hands twice, and finishes with a single deep bow.

Tokyo, 2007

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