Pagan & Shinto News: Events Related To Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement Completed

Pagan & Shinto News: Events Related To Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement Completed March 1, 2020

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • Japan: Events related to Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement completed
  • Hina Matsuri celebrations begin for Japanese communities worldwide
  • UK: Stonehenge tunnel may be scrapped over funding problems

Read more below…

Left: Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement, 首相官邸 / CC BY 4.0; Centre: Hina Matsuri doll display, katorisi / CC BY 3.0; Right: Stonehenge, Pixabay

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Shinto News

Events related to Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement completed
The Japan Times
Events and rites related to the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito on May 1 last year came to an end on Friday…

A trip to Niigata’s phallic Shoki Festival

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Along the Agano river, deep within Niigata Prefecture are several small villages. Each one supposedly participates in maintaining a long religious folk tradition, found dating back to the late Edo period involving deities named Shoki-sama…

Emperor for People
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Hina Matsuri coverage

Hina Matsuri (Dolls Festival): One of the year’s most auspicious days dedicated to girls
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The Hina Matsuri (Dolls Festival or Girls Festival) is a traditional event held each year on March 3 to celebrate young girls’ growth, good health and happiness…

City of Iizuka transforms into a giant dollhouse to usher in spring

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For sheer spectacle, the Iizuka Hiina no Matsuri doll festival heralding the arrival of spring is one of those must-see events…

US: Kona Historical Society Marks Girls’ Day With Dolls
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Baskin Robbins Girls’ Day ice cream inspired by Disney and ‘Hina-matsuri’ dolls
Japan Today
Baskin Robbins Japan are always quick to celebrate an occasion with a new ice cream flavor, or special ice cream set. They released a whole ice cream cake for the release of the latest “Star Wars” movie, and they’re also on the ball when it comes to holidays such as Halloween and Christmas…

Other News


UK: Two mile tunnel underneath Stonehenge is set to be scrapped over funding problems

Mail Online
A controversial £2-billion scheme to build a tunnel underneath the neolithic Stonehenge is now set to be scrapped, it has been claimed…

Italy: Rediscovered shrine tied to Rome founder
The Japan Times
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient cenotaph that almost certainly commemorated the legendary founder of Rome, Romulus, buried in the heart of the Italian capital…

UK: British Museum to exhibit Tibetan objects made of human remains
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UK: Witchcraft, fairies and folklore … a journey to the Gaelic otherworld
The National
There are various accounts of the Gaelic “otherworld” not always matching each other, as is appropriate for the shape-shifting, identity-loosening, bureaucratic nightmare that it presents…

UK: The sane move is to give Greece back its Elgin marbles
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How would we feel if Big Ben were permanently transplanted to Athens?…

Japan: Why not skip packed ‘hanami’ sites and enjoy nature at its best?
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If all one wants to do is to simply sit outside on the grass and savor sake, there is absolutely no need to head to some popular–and invariably overcrowded–cherry viewing spot…

Spain’s mysterious underwater ‘Stonehenge’
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