Definition of kamidana in English:

kamidana

(also kami-dana, kami-dan)

Pronunciation /kamɪˈdɑːnə/

noun

  • In a traditional Japanese household, a high shelf containing sacred objects of Shinto worship, such as a miniature shrine, and amulets and charms with inscriptions believed to ward off evil.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Ernest Mason Satow (1843–1929), diplomat and scholar. From Japanese kamidana from kami + -dana, combining form of tana shelf.