from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Japan, in the Shinto cult, a ‘shelf’ of white unpainted and unvarnished wood attached to a wall as a sort of a household shrine.
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Otherwise it finds its home in the miniature shrine of the _kami-dana_ or god-shelf.
The following is one of several prayers which are addressed to this kami-dana.
The Seven Happy Gods of Fortune form nominally a Buddhist assemblage, and their effigies on the kami-dana or god-shelf, found in nearly every Japanese house, are universally visible.
The oratory and the kami-dana or shelf holding the gods, became features in the humblest dwelling.
Those whose daily affairs are so multitudinous that they have not time to go through the whole of the following morning prayers, may content themselves with adoring the residence of the emperor, the domestic kami-dana, the spirits of their ancestors, their local patron god and the deity of their particular calling in life.
The solitary spoil of the day’s journey was a glorious lily, which I presented to the house-master, and in the morning it was blooming on the kami-dana in a small vase of priceless old