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Buddhists to Mark New Year With Rituals

December 26, 2009

Author: Mary Adamski

Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin

http://www.starbulletin.com/features/20091226_buddhists_to_mark_new_year_with_rituals.html

The new year will be greeted with quiet spiritual rituals in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines Thursday night.

Buddhists will strike temple bells 108 times at midnight in a rite of reflection about leaving the bad behind and moving forward with hope for the...

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Historic Temple On Borrowed Time

January 18, 2009

Author: Lehia Apana

Source: The Maui News

http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/513816.html

Hawaii is known as the endangered species capital of the world, and now there's something else that's in danger of being lost forever. It doesn't fly in our tropical skies, grow in our rain forests or swim beneath our ocean, but the nearly century-old Maui Jinsha Shinto Shrine is facing its own kind of battle as it struggles to survive.
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Aomori Aillage Holds Ceremony Beside 'Christ's' Grave

June 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Mainichi Daily News

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/national/news/20080602p2a00m0na009000c.html

The "Christ Festival," marking a town which claims to be the location where Jesus Christ spent the rest of his life after avoiding crucifixion, was held over the weekend.

Shingo's association with Christ began in the 1930s with the discovery there of a letter claiming to contain the last testament of Christ....

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Japanese Priest Speaks on Dialogue Between Shintoism and Christianity

May 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Independent Catholic News/Fides

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/shinto435.html

Japanese priest Fr Yuji Sugawara SJ, professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, outlined the relationship between Shintoism and Christianity in Japan, in an interview with Agenzia Fides.

Fr Yuji said that Shintoism is the oldest traditional religion in Japan, begun by the pre-historic peoples living in central Asia, and has been left...

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Hired and Fake, Wedded Bliss for Japanese

February 16, 2008

Author: Danielle Demetriou

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/17/wjapan117.xml

As with any Westerner working in Japan, it helps to be smart and presentable and to have a grasp of the local language.

But for Kevin Charles, a suave and friendly American living in Tokyo, being "just the man for the job" has involved exactly that. The 32-year-old's regular job is as a...

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Japanese Sect Raided over Death

October 15, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7045699.stm

Hundreds of police officers have raided a Japanese religious sect and arrested 20 people over a fatal attack on one of its members, according to reports.

Members of the mainly female Kigenkai group were detained after the death of 63-year-old restaurateur Motoko Okuno.

Reports claim she died last September after being beaten for...

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‘Sukiyaki Western: Django’ Trailer, Poster Altered after Shinto Shrine Protests

October 7, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Japan News Review

http://www.japannewsreview.com/entertainment/movies/20071007page_id=2316

Promotional trailers, posters and leaflets for the Japanese movie “Sukiyaki Western: Django” were altered after Shinto shrine keepers protested against a scene in the movie where a man is hanged from a “torii,” a gate that marks the entrance to a Shinto shrine and a traditional religious symbol,...

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Yokota Airmen Shoulder Shrine Through Streets

August 6, 2007

Author: Bryce S. Dubee

Source: Stars and Stripes

http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=55446&archive=true

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Shuffling slowly through crowded Fussa streets in 90-degree heat while shouldering a several-hundred-pound shrine on your shoulders may not seem like much fun. But for a group of Yokota servicemembers, it was the chance of a lifetime.

“I have no idea how long...

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Priest Offers Look at Shinto in DY Lecture

July 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Daily Yomiuri

Wire Service: AP

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/culture/20070705TDY16001.htm

Shinto priest Mitsutaka Inui provided a rare glimpse into various aspects of the nation's indigenous religion at an English seminar on Shinto held in Osaka last week.

The seminar was organized to celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of The Daily Yomiuri's Kansai...

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Kalihi Shinto Temple Hosts Chinowa Kuguri Ritual

July 6, 2007

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Jul/06/br/br1062547839.html

For centuries, the Japanese have observed the religious tradition of Chinowa Kuguri by stepping through a chinowa, a large ring made of reeds to rejuvenate the vital force that heals and to energize the physical, emotional and spiritual life force for the second half of the year. It is considered Japan's oldest religious tradition.

Jinsha...

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Japan's Ancient Religion Attracts New Following

May 19, 2007

Author: Richard Halloran

Source: Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2007/05/19/2003361587

With an assist from the Internet, Shinto -- the ancient religion of Japan -- is experiencing a mild upturn in fervor among the Japanese.

"We see more people coming here," said a priest at the Meiji Shrine in the middle of Tokyo. "We see more weddings, more people bringing their babies for blessings,...

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Georgia Court Apologizes to Sikh American Denied Entry into Court House Due to his Turban

Valarie Kaur's Search for America After 9/11

April 3, 2007

Author: Roseanne Pereira

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/03/sikhfilm/

St. Paul, Minn. -- In September 2001, Valarie Kaur was a 20-year-old college junior, studying religion and international affairs. She planned to go to India to interview people about religious conflict.

Then, like millions of others, she saw the T.V. images of the world trade towers falling again and again...

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Gods for Every Occasion

March 30, 2007

Author: Wieland Wagner

Source: SPIEGEL ONLINE

http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,474092,00.html

Until the end of World War II, Shinto was the state religion in Japan. Even today, pilgrims still throng to the 80,000 shrines, praying for the fulfillment of their personal dreams. The religion, which has no sacred texts, also venerates trees, mountains and rocks.

In the beginning was the rainbow. According to the Shinto creation...

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