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March 10, 2018
Japan’s Secularism Defended By…Catholics?!
Why are Japan's Catholics concerned about Shinto ceremonies for the new Emperor's accession?
February 28, 2018
Sho and Shozoku: The Music and Robes of Shinto Ritual
A very special presentation of the Shinto garments and music integral to the worship of...
February 25, 2018
Konkokyo LGBT Kai: A Step Forward For LGBT In Shinto
A major Shinto sect officially recognises its LGBT wing
February 03, 2018
Otakiage: Cremation Ritual For Old Shinto Charms
I've written previously about my kamidana - my household Shinto shrine. I talked about how...
August 05, 2017
Dealing With Japan’s Sacred Deer
Back in the days of yore when I used to teach English in Japan, I...
July 31, 2017
Pagan, Shinto & Spiritual Book Reviews July 2017
A large variety of beliefs, from secret esoteric traditions to atheism, are explored in this month's...
July 14, 2017
Is UNESCO Enabling Discrimination? The Case Of Okinoshima
Half of the world's population are banned from setting a foot on the latest Unesco...
July 09, 2017
Celebrating The Tanabata Star Festival in London
Shintoists in the UK come together to celebrate the reunion of the astral lovers and...
May 12, 2017
Help Britain’s Foxes! Speak Out Against Fox Hunting
I am a devotee of Inari Ōkami, the Shinto kami of rice and prosperity. Foxes are...
April 27, 2017
Pagan, Shinto & Spiritual Book Reviews April 2017
This month, two recent adaptations of the Norse myths by two bestselling authors go head-to-head:...
March 29, 2017
Pagan, Shinto & Spiritual Book Reviews March 2017
This month we take a look at shamanic practises both ancient and modern, with a...
March 26, 2017
Nature Deities Verses Human Deities
In all the Pagan religions I can think of, practically every major deity has some...
March 19, 2017
Grieving For Robots And Dolls: Animism Or Materialism Gone Mad?
Since Sony stopped repairing AIBOs, the robot dogs have been slowly “dying out.” In response...
March 07, 2017
My Daily Shinto and Pagan Practices
I have previously written about my experiences acquiring a kamidana - a Shinto shrine for...
February 27, 2017
Pagan, Shinto & Spiritual Book Reviews February 2017
Four books about four different paths this month - Shinto, Shamanism, Druidry and Luciferianism!
February 08, 2017
Rocks, Trees and Foxes – The Inari Faith Around The World
The stories of five Inari devotees from around the world.
January 24, 2017
Brigid and Jizo – Saint, Goddess, Kami
What do the Goddess Brigid and the Japanese Jizo have in common - and what...
January 22, 2017
Anatomy of a Kamidana (Shinto Home Shrine)
An explanations of the various tools that you'll find in a kamidana
January 15, 2017
Obtaining and Displaying a Kamidana (Shinto Home Shrine)
A guide to getting a kamidana outside Japan
January 08, 2017
2017: The Year of the Red Fire Chicken
What message does the Red Fire Chicken bring for 2017?
December 28, 2016
Celebrating Japanese New Year in London
While the UK may not have any Shinto shrines to visit at New Year, other...
December 23, 2016
What Do Christmas And Japanese New Year Have In Common?
The parallels suggest that certain motifs are important in all religious winter festivals across all...
December 13, 2016
Divination Rune Cookies for Yule
A fun and tasty idea for Yule and Christmas, plus a look at the link...
December 10, 2016
Shinto In Britain: Stories from UK Shintoists
What's it like to practice Shinto in the UK? Read the stories of four UK-based...
November 27, 2016
Shrines And Ceremonies: A Shinto Priest Explains
Shinto Priest Taishi Kato talks about Shinto shrines (jinja), the Shinto places of worship where...
November 20, 2016
What Is Kami? A Shinto Priest Explains
Taishi Kato talks about what is perhaps the most important, yet most enigmatic, concept in...
November 14, 2016
What is Shinto? A Shinto Priest Explains
A licensed Shinto priest from Japan explains in his own words some of the basics...
October 30, 2016
Pagan, Shinto & Spiritual Book Reviews October 2016
Fittingly for the run-up to Samhain, this month's books include books on Pan the "Dark...
October 17, 2016
A Shinto Experience in New Zealand
It was as if we had passed through the veil and entered the realm of...
October 09, 2016
Make a Japanese “Weather Ghost” Charm
Learn all about teru-teru bozu charms for wishing for good weather, and make your own!
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