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Naohiko Shimoda's Creative Corner Kamidana

Design Traditional Japan

The kamidana (literally, “god shelf”) is a miniature family altar found in many homes across Japan. Created as a way to bring the Shinto shrine into the home, most kamidana are fairly simple floating shelves, placed high on a wall. Architect Naohiko Shimoda has taken the concept a step further to create actual miniature shrines on an awe-inspiring scale. Naohiko Shimoda is a practicing architect but at the request of a client he took on a side project to create this spectacularly detailed miniature kamidana. Learn more about this innovative twist on tradition by heading to Spoon & Tamago below.

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