News comes of an exciting double book launch featuring two books Green Shinto has been keenly anticipating, presented by three progressive thinkers on Shinto matters. This comes courtesy of the Bloomsbury Shinto series, an exciting venture publicising scholarly books about Shinto. Gone forever now are those distant days when the sole book to be found on the subject was Sokyo Ono’s Shinto: The Kami Way.
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A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital by Mark Teeuwen and John Breen
Shinto, Nature and Ideology in Contemporary Japan: Making Sacred Forests by Aike P. Rots
This event launches two books from the new Bloomsbury Shinto series (Series Editor: Fabio Rambelli, University of California, Santa Barbara): A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital by Mark Teeuwen and John Breen, and Shinto, Nature and Ideology in Contemporary Japan: Making Sacred Forests by Aike Rots.
Mark Teeuwen will introduce the idea behind A Social History of the Ise Shrines and address the topic of “The ever-changing Ise Shrines: Studying Ise’s history through the lens of its agents.” John Breen will focus especially on the radical modern transformation of the Ise shrines in his talk, “The pleasures of pilgrimage in 19th century Japan.” In his presentation, “Ancient Sustainability? Ise Shrine, the Shikinen Sengū, and the Shinto Environmentalist Paradigm,” Aike Rots takes a critical look at the new Shinto discourse on nature and the environment, as it came to the fore at the start of the 21st century.