This is a quick offer to those who would like a new Shimenawa ( purification rope ) for the Kamidana at home or the dojo.


The Shimenawa in Japan are generally only available during this period prior to the New Year. So be quick to order if you want one!

Shimenawa ropes and are a common sight at Shinto shrines hanging from the torii shrine gate and above the entrance to the altar. These special ropes are also used with kamidana home altars. Shimenawa are made of rice straw which is twisted and braided before being bound with string. A wood or wire insert is often used to cause the shimenawa to preserve its shape. Japanese will commonly replace old shimenawa at the start of each year (shogatsu) and new shimenawa will normally be decorated with specially cut paper inserts. Shimenawa were in the past produced in the home by farmers using left over straw from the rice harvest.


Shimenawa (標縄・注連縄・七五三縄 , lit. “enclosing rope”) are lengths of braided rice straw rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion. They are often seen festooned with shide. A space bound by shimenawa often indicates a sacred or pure space, such as that of a shrine.

Shimenawa are said to act as a ward against evil spirits and are often set up at a ground-breaking ceremony before construction begins on a new building. Shimenawa may be found at Shinto shrines, torii gates, and sacred landmarks. They are also used to mark trees that are believed to be inhabited by spirits called Kodama. Cutting down these trees is thought to bring misfortune.

The Shimenawa are available in three ( 3 ) sizes from department stores. Small,medium and large. Large sizes are approximately 1 metre in length.

If you would like to order a shimenawa, please email me for details at

This offer will only last briefly. I have none in stock, and will only purchase shimenawa upon receiving a direct order/payment.

2 Responses to “Shimenawa”

  1. Simon Gane Says:

    Hi Duncan

    thanks for the blogs, I’m getting a lot out of it. Hope things are going well for you. When are you doing a seminar in Oz? Our little dojo in Canberra is going well and Rick and a few of us hope to get to Japan maybe next year. Chris is going to the NZ seminar in May.


  2. Terry Oliver Says:

    Hello, I have just found this article whilst searching for the availablity of Shimenawa. Please could you reply if you still have access to these. Many thanks

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