Tag Archives: Shinto

Book Announcement: Rituals of Initiation and Consecration in Premodern Japan: Power and Legitimacy in Kingship, Religion, and the Arts

Rituals of Initiation and Consecration in Premodern Japan: Power and Legitimacy in Kingship, Religion, and the Arts Edited by Fabio Rambelli & Or Porath In premodern Japan, legitimization of power and knowledge in various contexts was sanctioned by consecration rituals … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Overseas Shinto Shrines: Religion, Secularity and the Japanese Empire

Overseas Shinto Shrines: Religion, Secularity and the Japanese Empire Karli Shimizu (Author) Through extensive use of primary resources and fieldwork, this detailed study examines overseas Shinto shrines and their complex role in the colonization and modernization of newly Japanese lands … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Assembling Shinto: Buddhist Approaches to Kami Worship in Medieval Japan

Assembling Shinto: Buddhist Approaches to Kami Worship in Medieval Japan Anna Andreeva http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674970571 HARDCOVER ISBN 9780674970571, Harvard East Asian Monographs 396 420 pages, 9 color illustrations, 1 halftone, 14 line illustrations, 3 maps During the late twelfth to fourteenth centuries, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Global Repositioning of Japanese Religions: An Integrated Approach

The Global Repositioning of Japanese Religions: An Integrated Approach Ugo Dessi (Routledge 2017) https://www.routledge.com/The-Global-Repositioning-of-Japanese-Religions-An-integrated-approach/Dessi/p/book/9781138099869 The Global Repositioning of Japanese Religions: An Integrated Approach explores how Japanese religions respond to the relativizing effects of globalization, thereby repositioning themselves as global players. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Shinto

Shinto: A History Helen Hardacre Distinguished scholar of Japanese religions and culture Helen Hardacre offers the first comprehensive history of Shinto, the ancient and vibrant tradition whose colorful rituals are still practiced today. Under the ideal of Shinto, a divinely … Continue reading

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Conference: Sea Religion in Japan, UCSB, June 13-15

Sea Religion in Japan International Conference University of California, Santa Barbara June 13-15, 2016 Much of the symbolic system underlying Japanese religions today presupposes a continental, “landlocked” environment, centered on agriculture (especially rice cultivation) and focusing on mountains as the … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: The real-life shrines of Sailor Moon

If you’re revisiting classic Sailor Moon or watching Sailor Moon Crystal, check out Rurousha’s post on the Tokyo shrines that appear in the manga and anime. The shrine is written 火川 in the manga, but it’s 氷川 in real life. … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Shinagawa’s elephant temple

In this Fun Link Friday, Rurôsha takes us on a visual tour of Shinryō-ji, the elephant temple. No, this isn’t in India–this temple is in Tokyo and is one of Shinagawa Ward’s Tangible Cultural Properties! Shinryō-ji (真了寺)…was built in 1673 as a … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Shinto Studies in Prewar Japan and the West

Bernhard Scheid, ed., with Kate Wildman Nakai Kami Ways in Nationalist Territory: Shinto Studies in Prewar Japan and the West. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2013. Publisher’s blurb: Shinto, literally the way of the kami (gods), is often regarded as Japan’s indigenous religion … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Shinto Shrines: A Guide to the Sacred Sites of Japan’s Ancient Religion

http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-8926-9780824837136.aspx Shinto Shrines: A Guide to the Sacred Sites of Japan’s Ancient Religion Author: Cali, Joseph; Dougill, John Of Japan’s two great religious traditions, Shinto is far less known and understood in the West. Although there are a number of … Continue reading

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