A Butsudan is a traditional Buddist family altar. Most houses in Japan have one of these, although they are slowly dissapearing. It’s basically a mini temple to honor the family members who have passed on. There are tablets for each family member inside and a few statues on Buddah. Every day you’re supposed to light incense and then ring the bell shown below, and then pray to the ancestors.

Also in our house we above we have many Buddist statues and paper charms.

There is a mini temple holding a special paper charm.

Most of these paper charms are for safety or good fortune. You can also see below some paper charms depicting some gods on them. Also you can see a Buddha and some Daruma statues. When you buy a Daruma you make a wish and paint one eye. Once the wish has come true you paint the other eye on.


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