"In Japan, Shinto shrines are usually shady spots, shrouded with large trees
and leafy plants that attract all sorts of visitors, including non-human ones
like cats and insects.
Up in Ibaraki Prefecture, a shrine called Hitokotonushi has become particularly
popular with the local bee population, who’ve been visiting the temizu-ya
(Shinto water ablution pavilion) on the grounds to quench their thirst during
Rather than shun the winged insects, staff at the shrine have chosen to care
for them in a remarkable way instead. In keeping with Shinto’s respect for
nature, all living creatures are to be revered and respected, and these
honeybees are now amongst the most spoiled in the country, because the shrine
has installed a gorgeous miniature drinking fountain especially for them."
Via Muse, who wrote "So cute!"
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