Mountain spirit

  Mountains are a vital part of Japan’s identity.  They are also a fundamental part of the country’s spiritual heritage.  Mountain worship is widespread across East Asia, and recognition of their sacred qualities has long been part of Chinese and … Continue reading

What is Shinto?

In an essay on environmentalism in Shinto which has appeared recently on the website, Green Shinto friend Aike Rots puts forward different ‘paradigms’ used in descriptions of Shinto.  It should give pause to those who like to argue for … Continue reading

Obon, Daimonji, the dead

It’s coming up to that special summer time of Obon – Japan’s day of the dead.  Or rather days. Though the dates of the festival can vary from region to region, the spirits of family deceased are thought to come … Continue reading

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