Tag Archives: Shinto

Even the Heavens Wept —

Shinto, the religion that belongs to Japan indigenously, before the arrival of Buddhism, is an animist religion. It believes that the physical world and the spiritual world are inseparable, that natural phenomena are also living entities like human beings, and … Continue reading

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New Year’s: The Temple Bell

The temple bell stops — but the sound keeps coming out of the flowers. —–       Basho New Year’s is the most important holiday of the Japanese year. People return to their provincial hometowns, clean and purify their … Continue reading

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