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What is Shinto? Your Questions About Japan Answered

Shinto is the indigenous faith of the Japanese. It is a way of life and a way of thinking that has been an integral part of Japanese culture since ancient times. It is the foundation for the yearly life cycles, beginning with...

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine: Fukuoka’s Favourite Day Trip

When exam season rolls around in Japan, the place to be—other than at your desk studying—is at a Tenmangu Shrine, praying for unbridled academic success. There are thousands of these types of Shinto shrines throughout Japan, each and every one of them...

Pray for the New Year with Colorful Mayudama at Kinomiya Shrine

The colorful Mayudama of Kinomiya Shrine Kinomiya Shrine in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, is quite a sight at this time of year.  The Shinto priestesses, already in their striking white and red...

Awashima Shrine: Kada’s Hall of a Thousand Eyes

Dolls line up at Awashima Jinja
Hidden away in the sleepy port town of Kada lies an unsettling secret...

Meiji Shrine: Serenity Amid The Urban Sprawl

Meiji Jingu, one of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines, can be found deep within a dense evergreen forest spanning 170 acres. A walk through the grounds brings you up close to over 100,000 trees, a number of rare birds and insects and...

Oyama Jinja, a Unique Shinto Shrine in Kanazawa

In a land filled with shrines, Kanazawa’s Oyama Jinja still manages to stand out. This jumble of a shinto shrine is striking to look at, and also represents some of the city’s pivotal Maeda history.