Oldest shrine

Most people assume Ise Jingu is Japan’s oldest shrine. Mythical and archaeological evidence however says that it is Izumo Taisha. It was once the country’s most prestigious shrine, being supplanted by the propagandists of Yamato who incorporated it into the … Continue reading

Shimane website

It’s kamiari time in Izumo, when all the gods of Japan (except Ebisu) gather for their annual meeting in Shimane.  How appropriate then that Green Shinto should carry a piece about Shimane. 2012 marked 1300 years since the publication of … 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

The Spider Clan

Spiders in myth Anyone familiar with Noh and Kabuki will know of the Tsuchigumo, or ground spider.  These plays are sometimes put on at shrines for the entertainment of the kami.  The creature plays a part too in Shinto myth … Continue reading

Kojiki translation (Heldt)

Green Shinto previously carried a review of last year’s Heldt translation of Kojiki by Quin Arbeitman.  He noted that the new translation was “A much needed development, as the Basil Hall Chamberlain translation is generally considered a needlessly difficult read, … Continue reading

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