The kamidana (literally, “god shelf”) is a miniature family altar found in many homes across Japan. Created as a way to bring the Shinto shrine into the home, most kamidana are fairly simple floating shelves, placed high on a wall. Architect Naohiko Shimoda has taken the concept a step further to create actual miniature shrines in an awe-inspiring scale.
Naohiko Shimoda is a practicing architect but at the request of a client he took on a side project to create this spectacularly detailed miniature kamidana. It was designed specifically for an inner corner, which contrasts nicely with a similarly-designed kamidana that Shimoda created two years ago for an outer corner (scroll down for photos).
Shimoda created this kamidana for an outer corner two years ago.