The Shimane website celebrating the 1300th anniversary of the Kojiki has a marvellous page explaining the commonalities of Japanese myth with stories found elsewhere in the world.  It’s a refreshingly global view of the mythology, which is often treated by … Continue reading


No, mistletoe doesn’t feature in Shinto, but it’s an important part of the European pagan tradition at this time of year.   Here naturalist Kevin Short takes a seasonal look at the folklore of mistletoe in Europe, prompting thoughts about the … Continue reading

The kami like a laugh

Christmas Day with a difference at a laughing festival where you can “open the Rock Door of your heart”. It takes place on Dec. 25 at a shrine near Osaka, and you can see the event on this youtube video.  … Continue reading

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