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These religions account for roughly 5-10% of Japan's population.
However, the spiritual vacuum left by the Emperor's renunciation was also rapidly filled by a plethora of new religions () which sprung up across Japan.
At New Year the Japanese make trips to ancestral graves to pray for late relatives.
The first shrine visit of the New Year is also important to secure luck for the year ahead.
The crushing war defeat however, shattered many people's beliefs, as the frail voice of the Emperor was broadcast to the nation renouncing his deity.
The period since has seen a secularisation of Japanese society almost as dramatic as the economic miracle which saw Japan's post-war economy go into overdrive.
Instead it is a moral code, a way of living, almost indistinguishable from Japanese social and cultural values.
Japanese religion is also a private, family affair.
Different charms grant different luck, such as exam success or fertility.Next, look for a long thick rope hanging from a bell in front of an altar.