Shugendo (mountain asceticism) opportunity

The following article from the Japan Times is notable for a number of reasons. Above all it shows how Shugendo is opening up to outsiders in dramatic fashion: rental clothing from a tourist office, and advertisements in English would have been … Continue reading

Open Shugendo

For the first time in 1,300 years, the Yamabushi open their doors to international visitors in search of self-discovery June 26  Japan Today Yamabushi are the ancient mountain priests of Japan. Their traditional role was to help guide people to … Continue reading

Shinto awakenings (1)

I have to say that the 38th soybean turned a little bit poignant. As I chewed, I reflected on the fact that it marked the year in which I began to practice Shinto. In fact, by a certain way of … Continue reading

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