Fred Little wrote:
kamiza = god seat [shinto usage]
shinden = god transmission (place) [shinto usage]
tokonoma = space of display [general usage]
butsudan = buddha shelf [buddhist usage]
Hi, Fred. A question, if I may: Where does KAMIDANA fit in this? William Bodiford was kind enough to answer a query of mine with this: "Kamidana typically serve to establish a concrete link to a particular Shinto institution (jinja, jingu, taisha, etc.). Maintaining this link requires regular ritual performances. Training halls that do not want to maintain links to a particular shrine do not need a kamidana."