Kumano is one of Japan’s most appealing areas, a spiritual heartland and part of a World Heritage site.  It’s winning increasing attention from tourists, particularly for the opportunities for trekking and hot springs.  In the article below, from the … Continue reading

An optimistic religion

There’s an interesting interpretation of Shinto as a folk religion on the Japan News website (owned by the conservative-leaning Yomiuri Shimbun).  The article is notable for stressing the communal nature of the religion, in contrast to the personal belief systems … Continue reading

National Foundation Day

  Today being February 11 it’s a public holiday known as Foundation Day.  Flags are flying, and people are out enjoying themselves on a crisp sunny day in Kyoto.  At various shrines around the country there are special events to … Continue reading

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