The value of trees

An article in today’s Guardian entitled Trees Make Our Lives Better in Unquantifiable Ways has appeared in response to news that a company is trying to measure exactly how much urban trees are worth.  As Oscar Wilde said, some people … Continue reading

Earth Day 2016

Earth Day is an annual day on April 22 to heighten awareness of the need for environmental protection. The April 22 date was adopted by the United Nations in 2009 and is celebrated in more than 192 countries. The concept … Continue reading

Kyushu earthquake

The following is reposted from Trellia’s Mirror Book, run by pagan-Shintoist Megan Manson.  Green Shinto would like to acknowledge and thank her for putting out this appeal. Aso Shrine, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, located in Kumamoto. … Continue reading

Myth-making

My attention was caught recently by an article in the conservative leaning Daily Yomiuri by a Japanese professor at Waseda University.  It asked the question about when the Japanese became Japanese.  The answer he gave, interestingly, is constructed by myth. … Continue reading

Onbashira Festival (Nagano)

It’s hard to believe that six years have passed since Green Shinto last reported on the famous Onbashira Festival at Suwa, in which participants ride giant logs down a slope in a death-defying joyride.  Yet a report in the Japan … Continue reading

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