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Monthly Feature Story-December 2018-Shintoism

Cultural Tips-Shintoism

Shintoism is the indigenous religion of Japan, and literally means "the way of gods and deities." It harmoniously combines the worship of nature with the worship of ancestors and heroes.

In Shintoism, there are myriads of deities, which are believed to reside within all things in nature.

These deities are worshipped at over 80,000 shrines. You may be surprised to know that the number exceeds that of convenience stores across Japan: 55,000.

Shintoism is unique in that it is a tolerant religion which accepts the validity of other religions; it is common for believers to respect other religions and their practices and objects of worship. The major reason is that Shintoism has no founder, doctrine or scripture.

As a result of this feature of Shintoism, along with commercialism, you can see many Christmas decorations on the streets and in shops and restaurants in Japan this season.





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