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Shinto Practice Declining in Japan

November 12, 2004

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2898242

On November 12, 2004 the Houston Chronicle reported, "As old perhaps as Japan itself, Shinto is a rich mixture of folklore, reverence for all things natural and the Japanese nation itself. But to say one believes in Shinto has become almost meaningless: For most Japanese, the worshipping side of Shinto is relegated to a small cadre of priests and their helpers, most of whom...

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Concern Over Gender Discrimination Surrounds Proposed UNESCO Heritage Site

May 1, 2004

Source: The Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20040501f1.htm

On May 1, 2004 The Japan Times reported, "The government's bid to have a sacred area in western Japan registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site is being challenged by those who claim it reinforces gender discrimination. A sign next to one of the four 'kekkai mon' gates that lead to Ominesanji Temple explains in English and Japanese that women are not...

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Court Denies Compensation in Lawsuit Against PM for Alleged Violation of State and Religion

March 17, 2004

Source: The Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20040317a5.htm

On March 17, 2004 The Japan Times reported, "The Matsuyama District Court on Tuesday rejected compensation demands in a lawsuit that charged Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to Yasukuni Shrine violated the constitutional separation of state and religion. The court rejected the suit, filed by 133 people and two religious groups seeking compensation from...

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For Many, New Year's is not a Secular Holiday

January 3, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs3jan03,1,2771185.story?coll=la-news-religion

On January 3, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that members of the Konko Church of Los Angeles celebrated the new year with a purifying ceremony using elements of an ancient Japanese ritual "aimed at clearing out the negative energies of the past... Although New Year's Day has become a secular...

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Hawaii's Residents Bless the New Year

December 27, 2003

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2003/12/27/features/story3.html

On December 27, 2003 Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported on the Hawaiian tradition of visiting a Buddhist temple or a Shinto shrine to celebrate the new year. The visit is a religious and cultural tradition for thousands of island residents seeking amulets for good fortune.This year, two Honolulu temples will offer special programs open to the interfaith community, including a...

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Update: Obon Celebrations in California

July 12, 2003

Source: Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/071303/071203mhsObon.shtml

On July 12, 2003 the Appeal-Democrat reported that "Saturday night, [Toshiye] Kawamura danced several dances with a group of women and girls on stage at the Buddhist Church of Marysville [WA] during the annual Obon Festival. A larger circle of revelers, many of whom had practiced four or six times previously, followed their guides' moves... Japanese paper lanterns kept the evening...

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The Pluralism Project Recognized by Webby Awards

June 21, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/6136000.htm

On June 21, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that "in recognition of the radical changes in the American religious landscape of the past 30 years, [The Pluralism Project, Webby-award winning Web site developed by Diana L. Eck at Harvard University] was initiated to study and document religious communities, particularly those of immigrant communities... Through...

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Stanford Baccalaureate Celebration Acknowledges Diverse Religious Traditions

June 18, 2003

Source: Stanford Report

http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2003/june18/bac-618.html

On June 18, 2003 the Stanford Report reported that "Sumir Meghani, a graduating senior in economics, read... lines of Hindu scripture Saturday morning in the Quad at the beginning of the 2003 [Stanford] Baccalaureate Celebration... The event, which also included readings, prayers and music from the Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Shinto traditions, took place on an...

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Youth Arrested for Vandalizing Sikh Temple

April 23, 2003

Source: KXLY

http://www.kxly.com/common/getStory.asp?id=28197

On April 23, 2003 KXLY reported that "a community outraged by the burglary and vandalism of a Sikh Temple in the Spokane Valley last weekend came together to repair the damage and provide information that led to the arrest of the 14-year-old suspect Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff’s detectives arrested the teenaged suspect who lives not far from the temple after residents called the sheriff’s office and...

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Shinto Ceremony to Reopen Japanese Garden in Seattle

March 27, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On March 27, 2002, The Seattle Times featured an article on Seattle's Japanese Garden, "a gift 42 years ago from Japan and the city of Tokyo... A Shinto blessing ceremony Friday will celebrate the reopening of the garden after being closed six months for major repairs."

Los Angeles Hospital Trains Chaplains from Diverse Religions

March 3, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 3, 2002, the Los Angeles Times featured an article on UCLA Medical Center's Spiritual Care Unit. The unit is "the hospital's chaplaincy training program... The full-time staff [at the hospital] includes a priest, a minister and a rabbi, with Muslims and Buddhists on call. Fifteen years ago, when the program was new, the full-time staff consisted of one Baptist minister... These days, religious diversity is redefining hospital chaplaincy work. While the patient directory at UCLA is usually about 65% Christian, the number...

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American Sikhs Face Threats and Violence

September 13, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 13, 2001 The New York Times reported that the backlash following the terrorist attacks are impacting "the lives of ordinary Arab- and Muslim-Americans -- and surprisingly, those who are neither Arab nor Muslim but look to untutored American eyes as if they might be." The article mentioned numerous incidents against Muslims, as well as "people who had nothing to do with the Islamic world but who might appear alien to untutored American eyes. Indian women chose not to wear their flowing, pajama-tunic outfits. Sikh men,...

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Prime Minister's Appeal to Shinto Tradition Causes Controversy

June 21, 2000

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/797614.stm

On June 21, 2000 the BBC News reported that "the Prime Minister [of Japan], Yoshiro Mori, has become an electoral liability following comments he made at a recent meeting with Pro-Shinto politicians. Mr. Mori, brought back memories of the way things used to be. He described Japan as a divine country with the emperor at its centre. This belief system was once used to justify Japanese aggression against...

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