Thursday, June 11, 2015
Salt is used to "purify the spirit" in Japan. Many shops will put one or two small dishes of salt out on either side of the doorway to keep "bad spirits" out.
Here's one dish, although the pile of salt is pretty much indistinguishable from the plate in this photo.
And here's the other. I don't know what "evil" thinks about the barriers being used as a foot rest to keep the sign from shaking. I can only hope that they don't actually complain about it somehow.