Encyclopedia of Shinto

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カテゴリー1: 4. Jinja (Shrines)
カテゴリー2: Shrine Architecture
Text [Temizu ya]
A purification font where shrine visitors rinse their hands and mouth in symbolic purification. Sometimes read chōzuya. Usually located near the entrance of shrines, most of these facilities are take the form of a simple roof supported by pillars over a font of running water furnished with a variety of dippers. The name temizu refers to the water (mizu) used to purify the hands (te). The reading chōzu is a corruption of the original pronunciation, and is used to refer to the action of using water to purify the hands. As still seen in the case of the Isuzu River running alongside the Grand Shrine of Ise, purification before worship in ancient times was frequently performed directly in a river or spring located within or nearby the shrine precincts (keidaichi). The purification font allows regular worshipers to perform an abbreviated form of misogi or cold-water ablutions in water. In preparation for some shrine rituals, officiating priests (shinshoku) and participants observe a ritual of purification called kiyochōzu that does not involve the normal purification font, but is performed with separately provided water.
— Mori Mizue

Pronunciation in Japanese/用語音声

Shinto priest purifying themselves at a Temizuya located on the grounds of Kokugakuin University.
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Ōsawa Kōji

Temizuya in the Ōmiwa Jinja precinct_Tsujimura Shinobu___2006****_Nara Prefecture