Sacred swords

As an animist religion, Shinto sees the spirit world as underpinning that of the physical.  This is true too of the traditional swords, thought to have a spiritual presence.  ‘The forging of a Japanese blade typically took weeks or even … Continue reading


One often comes across Shinto priests speaking out on matters that concern right-wing nationalism.  Sadly this is not balanced by the number of Shinto priests who speak out in favour of environmentalism, human rights and universalism. In the current controversy … Continue reading

Kami return

There was a happy Christmas at Ujigami Shrine near Kyoto, for the kami there were restored to their home after being relocated during the extensive repairs carried out. There is often speculation about the nature and location of kami since … Continue reading

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