You got it pretty close for an AmericanOriginally posted by: Nitemare
From my brief understanding of the Shinto religion. It is an indigenous nature religion in which priests have to bless those things that are not nature-made(manmade) so that their intrusion does not mess up the harmony...Sort of like Feng Shui
Thus having priests saying prayers over the laptops is nothing out of the ordinary. I have seen many a picture of Shinto priests blessing new car purchases
The largest shrine for transportation safety is right near my house and people like to get their car blessed(?), not quite the right word but I'm too lazy to try to think of one, for the new year so the last week has been crazy. Thousands and thousands of cars coming and going. Maybe I'll go take a few pics, I saw some very nice cars yesterday.