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Nature of Kami

Nature of Kami

Kami is the Japanese word for Shinto deities. There are many different interpretations of the nature of kami, but the following are considered to be the basic characteristics of kami.

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Characteristics of Shinto

Characteristics of Shinto

Shinto is a general term for the faith in Japan which reveres all the kami of heaven and earth. Its origin is as old as the history of Japan, although it was only at the end of the 6th century when our ancestors began to call it “Shinto” (or the way of kami).

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Shinto Concept of Sin (Tsumi) and Impurity (Kegare)

Shinto Concept of Sin (Tsumi) and Impurity (Kegare)

In Shinto, there is no concept of original sin or karma. Ancient Japanese considered all unhappy or unfortunate incidents, such as diseases or natural hazards, as sins. Yet, they were not caused by the individual, but arose from external factors. They considered sin to be something whici adhered to people externally.

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Shinto Way of life

Shinto Way of life

Modern society has been established on the belief that all creation, the earth itself and all living creatures progress in a straight line, centered on the human race. Modern science has led to an increase in the rate of progress.

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Shinto Wedding

Shinto Wedding

Shinto Wedding is a ceremony which announces a couple’s marriage to the kami and makes the two families related in front of the kami.

In Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, a wedding ceremony takes place either at Maiden (Lower Worship Hall) or at Wakamiya Shrine.

 

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Tsurugaoka Intelectual Salon

Tsurugaoka Intelectual Salon

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu hosts various events for foreigners throughout the year.

Tsurugaoka Intellectual Salon(TIS) is one of these international cultural event hosted by Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, which provides an opportunity to better understand and appreciate Japan’s history, culture and traditional thinking.

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