John Breen profile

The Kyoto Shinbun recently carried a half-page profile of Shinto scholar, John Breen (click here for his Wikipedia page). The newspaper notes that he has a high reputation for scholarship and investigates matters that Japanese scholars are hesitant to research.  … Continue reading

Mystery (Kodo taiko)

Recently I posted an item about the wonderful production of Amaterasu, put on by kabuki star Bando Tamasaburo with the taiko drummers Kodo.  Now I’ve seen another co-production, featuring the taiko group and arranged by Tamasaburo (though not starring him).  … Continue reading

Christmas spirit (laughter)

Any Shinto followers looking to catch a bit of Christmas spirit in Japan at this time of year might head for the Hiraoka Shrine in Osaka, where there’s a laughter festival led by shrine priests… Check out this link for … Continue reading

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