the place of Shinto in contemporary japan

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Joined: 26-05-04
Dec 14 2007 11:25
the place of Shinto in contemporary japan

a relatively non-political question for our japanese posters: what role, if any, does Shinto play in today's Japan? i'm genuinely interested - is there a strong sense of tradition about the old religion and all the old traditions that came with it? is it like in the UK, where it tends to be the right-wing who appeal to such traditions?

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Joined: 13-01-07
Dec 14 2007 15:47

From what i can tell, true Shinto - the old animist traditions - is dying out. Although you can see the reminants of it in Miyazaki's movies. Its rural folkways as subversive as the maintaining of the Cearne Abbas Giant.

State Shinto - the ideology behind the Military/Nationalists of the 1920s-30s is dead. Crushed w/ the end of WW2.

Joined: 5-01-08
Jan 5 2008 04:46

It exists in the store for miscellaneous charms you can put in your car, a place to have weddings, and a place to have birthday celebrations for 3, 7 and 5 year old childrens.

In other words, it is an empty formality like buddhism.

Mike Harman
Joined: 7-02-06
Jan 5 2008 09:58

Yep. The other thing with Shinto is that most visits to temples involve walking 'round grounds for a few minutes then clapping your hands once, so it's even more of an empty formality than say geting drunk and going to midnight mass once a year.