Crash Course: Shinto and Shrines

Temple? Shrine? Shrine? Temple? There are few greater perplexing questions for travelers to Japan than how on earth (or in heaven 🙂 ) to refer to the myriad religious structures dotting the landscape. The word Shinto, when translated poetically, means "the way of the gods". It's Japan's native religion, though not an exclusive one. Many Japanese claim... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Meiji Shrine (Tokyo)

Meiji Shrine (or Meiji Jingu) is not Japan's oldest shrine but it's one of its most beloved. Established in 1920, the shrine houses the spirits of the Emperor Meiji and his wife. Besides lending his name to a tasty chocolate bar (check your nearest Japanese convenience store), Emperor Meiji is best remembered for bringing Japan... Continue Reading →

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