Hishaku: Learn more about the Japanese purification ritual

Japanese culture is very influential throughout the world and there are many people who adopt its lifestyle, beliefs and even spiritual rituals and customs of the country, one of which has been much commented on in social media is the hishaku.

Today's text will further address and develop about this Japanese purification ritual, exploring its meaning and how it is performed, as well as explaining how this tradition survived with the pandemic and the equipment used in the celebration.

It is not new that Japanese culture has influenced many lives around the world and many people use their culture and tradition to adopt a different lifestyle. Even how to market and do business.

That is, when we compare with a flower supplier, he may have tactics and methods different from Western culture if he follows and follows the concepts and teachings of Japanese culture. Everything can be adapted and different references are always welcome.


Japanese culture is made up of several temples and shrines, the vast majority referring to their customs and beliefs, with a large part of the population adepts to Shintoism and a smaller portion to Buddhism.

Of course other cultures, religions and beliefs exist in the country, but the predominant ones are those highlighted above, which can differentiate both in how people deal with a business and the way they lead their lives, even differentiating the style of acoustic doors.

Many of these rituals use teas, herbs and bamboo, which is always a great attraction, being part of both the making of various items and the spiritual and proper meaning of the ritual.

But how are they carried out? How did this type of cleansing ritual survive the pandemic? What benefits can they bring to the person? What items and equipment are needed to enter this ritual?


To stay on top of everything and better understand how all this purification works, check out the following topics where the subject will be better addressed and explained, in addition to showing that it can be used by anyone, even those who work in a automation company.

Hishaku - hishaku: learn more about the Japanese purification ritual

What is Hishaku?

Hishaku is a purification ritual originating from the shinto, as mentioned at the beginning of the text, a very popular religion in Japan. 

It is part of an ancient ritual known as chozu, where people tried to purify their body and mind, only to enter the hall to perform their prayers.

The hishaku consists of a kind of wooden shell used to pour water on certain parts of the body that, according to the ritual, is necessary for the purification process to take place, quite different from what would happen with a pressure drinker, for example.

The order for the ritual to be carried out simply and effectively is first to pour the water from the wooden shell into the left hand, then into the right hand, into the mouth, and only then into the handle of the shell itself.


Thus, some people who follow both the ritual and the religion of Shinto report that some benefits and positive sensations this ritual brings, such as:

  • Balance of emotions;
  • Feeling of peace and tranquility;
  • Greater contact with yourself;
  • Unique encounter between body and mind.

However, because it uses the same water and is used at the entrance of temples, this type of ritual suffered a lot from the pandemic, affecting from ordinary people to those who work with cleaning and sanitizing reservoirs.

Despite everything, during the pandemic, this ritual was directly affected and, in most cases, it was removed for the safety of everyone who used it in some way, after all, people had direct contact with water and materials that passed through the hands of other people.

As a result, the virus would be more easily spread and contaminate even more, directly impacting how the situation was handled during the covid-19 high period. In other words, dissemination is an issue and has changed the way ritual is viewed.

Therefore, even for people who work with appraisal engineering, was given as a temporary withdrawal from the purification ritual, causing a brief hope to fill the chests of those involved in this ritual.

Thus, it can be said that the hishaku will have to be readapted to a post-pandemic world, where people have already lost the fear of this sharing and with the world vaccinated against the virus, guaranteeing everyone's safety.

This impacts in some situations. The first is the loss of a tradition if solutions are not found, causing even something as simple as a junction box, with time, it ends up falling by the wayside.


Several companies and shrines then assured that they won't let the tradition die and started talking about ways to perform hishaku at home, in a personal way.

Hishaku - hishaku: learn more about the Japanese purification ritual
hishaku: learn more about the Japanese purification ritual

The necessary equipment

Now with the possibility of a personal chozu, hishakus can be made at home using specific equipment, getting as close as possible to what is already commonly known by people.

Due to pandemic times, adapting is necessary and different cultures must look for new ways to remain strong and active, so that they do not fall by the wayside and remain actively helping people.


First, although no one denies how much a evaporative climate control it is efficient, for these cases in particular, it is necessary to follow the proper guidelines that will be better elaborated and developed from the next paragraph.

There are specific models of hishakus on the market that can be purchased to continue the ritual at home. As the target is not a temple, they are considerably smaller, at around 20 cm, and weigh the approximate equivalent of 45 grams.

Thus, some care must be taken with the equipment to ensure that it does not get dirty easily and that water contamination is avoided as much as possible, which may even attract some illnesses to more distracted people.

The equipment must have a waterproof and antifungal surface, ensuring that there is not as much waste as contamination and accumulation of bacteria and fungi on the site, as it is very common for this equipment to be close to bushes and almost always outside the residence.


Another example of treatment with the equipment is the guarantee of the quality of the material, making sure that it will not be easily broken and can be used for long years without making a change.

If the surface is deodorants free and can be protected from sunburn and cracking, even better. 

People see value in what they can keep for a long time at home, especially in a country so traditional and linked to good customs, such as Japan.

A good alternative for equipment that can be applied, especially when we think about these days, is a special bag for the hishaku, bringing the possibility of it being transported to different places.


The most common to be found is one where the bag is made of cotton fibers, preferably densely woven. This simple attitude makes the material inside the bag “breathe”, leaving everything more airy and pure for use.

Regarding materials and equipment, these are the most necessary, but it is always good to remember that it is possible to think on the aesthetic side, using different colors that best match the environment in which the hishaku is applied.

Of course, that's what can be done at the moment and it's quite likely that in the near future this will change. But for adherents of purification ritual and Japanese culture and customs, this is an alternative that can be very welcome in such difficult times. 

If that makes everyone feel a little better, it's already a very worthwhile investment.

Final considerations

Today's text discussed the hishaku, a Japanese purification ritual that helps to always maintain the balance between body and soul, explaining about the custom, how it is performed, the equipment needed to assemble one at home and how the pandemic affected all that.

Although the situation was not the best, people adapted as they could and, although Japanese culture values the old customs and traditions, so that they are not left without practicing the ritual, the alternative presented throughout the text can be excellent for several families around the country.

Regardless of one's beliefs and religion, the Japanese purification ritual, the hishaku, has been increasingly talked about on social media and can be an excellent way to calm the mind and stay focused on everyday tasks.