Fee for Mt Fuji?

  It’s often said distance lends enchantment, and Mt Fuji is a case in point. Now it seems the local authorities are getting serious about doing something to clean up the sacred mountain… *************************************************** KYODO FEB 25, 2013 (extracted from … Continue reading


  “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” ― Abraham Lincoln ******************************************************************* Wherever you look in Shinto, there are animals.  Komainu and shishi lions stand as … Continue reading


The extract below is taken from “Hawaii’s Domestication of Shinto’ by Dr. James Whitehurst, who was professor of religion at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.  The article first appeared in the Christian Century November 21, 1984, p. 1100.  The full … Continue reading


  Anyone familiar with Shinto will know about the significance of horses. They are thought to be intermediaries between this world and that of the kami. Votive tablets (ema, literally ‘horse pictures’) originated in the practice of offering horses to … Continue reading

It’s Setsubun time

  Setsubun in Kyoto lasts from Feb 2-4, though Feb 3 is the main day. It’s a syncretic festival, and below is a list of temples and shrines where activities take place, taken from Kyoto Visitor (photos are my own).  … Continue reading

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