In 1955 the head of Yamakage Shinto, Yamakage Motohisa, met with a Shinto researcher called Jean Herbert.  Together the pair visited something like 1000 shrines, and the research was eventually used in Herbert’s massive book on Shinto; at the fountain-head … Continue reading

Bowing to trains

Japanese have exquisite manners, and respect is extended not just to people but to objects.  Swords for example are particularly revered, for they are thought to contain spirits, but there are many other occasions where objects are treated with a … Continue reading

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