Buddhism & Shinto

Red spider lilies
2015.09.20
Ohigan, the little know tradition of visiting the graves
Read about this typical celebration for the dead, a unique mix of Buddhism and Japanese Shintosim.
2015.09.08
How to Enjoy the “Chrysanthemum Festival” on September 9th
The September 9th and the chrysanthemum flowers are said to bring good luck. Here is why.
second half of September.
2015.08.26
【AUTUMN】The Best Japanese Festivals for the Second Half of September 2018
Horse riding archery, demonstrations of manhood or traditional costumes and dances; what's best?
2015.08.10
The Japanese Tradition of Visiting the Ancestors' Graves during 'Obon'
'Hakai-mairi', or 'visiting the grave' is one of the familial important events during summer. Here is how Japanese people pay their respects to their
2015.07.03
Why is the “Nachi-no- Ōgi matsuri” held?(MOVIE)
A Shinto ritual held at the Nachi Falls and the Kumano Nachi Taisha to welcome the Kumano gods home. In the region of Kumano, the religious sites o
Ema for praying for success at school
2015.07.02
How to send your wishes to the gods in a Shinto shrine
Sending your wishes to the spirits If you have ever visited a Shinto religion shrine, you may have noticed these small wooden boards hanging. They
joyanokane
2014.12.30
"Joya no Kane," the bells that ring out the old year and purify people's hearts on the last night of the year
See the old year out with a calm and quiet heart How is everyone going to spend New Year's eve? Some of you will probably spend it at a countdown
oshogatsu
2014.12.20
Japan’s New Year “Oshogatsu” is to welcome the God Toshigami-sama, who brings abundance and happiness to each family.
Oshogatsu is to welcome the deity, Toshigami-sama. What is Oshogatsu? In Japan, the Toshigami-sama deity comes to each family and promises abundance
2014.11.14
In Japan, there are gods everywhere... and even a “toilet god"!
The "myriad gods," called such because there are too many to count. In Japan, since ancient times people have revered things of nature or natural
2014.08.09
Obon and the Japanese traditions of celebrating the dead
Very much like the New Year, Obon is a very important familial event in Japan. Here are a few customs you may observe during this period.