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

Hearn 11): Shinto influence on Buddhism

It can prove difficult to find accounts of how Shinto shaped the nature of Buddhism in Japan, though once again it seems the pioneering Lafcadio Hearn actually covered this subject over a hundred years ago. In his writings on Buddhism, … Continue reading

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