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Thursday, September 30th, 2010
2:45 pm
Saifuku for purchase
Does anyone know where I can purchase a saifuku or other religious apparel?
Saturday, March 14th, 2009
12:25 pm
Japanese Religions & Anime Survey
Hey all,

As part of my upcoming panel on Japanese Religions in Anime at Anime Punch 2009, I would like to present some data on how Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture has possibly influenced the spirituality of Anime fans. If you would like to contribute I have a survey available in my LJ.

Please pass this link around to people and sites which may be interested and complete this survey no later than April 8th, 2009.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
8:03 pm
Hello, I'm new, and hopefully people still watch this community enough to reply to my question.

Basically, do you think it's truly possible to practice Shintoism outside of Japan? Or more specifically, do you believe it is possible to practice it outside of Japan if you're not Japanese? Various articles state that there are approximately 100+ Shintoists in America. I'd be curious to know if those 100+ are originally from Japan or are from a Japanese family. There are plenty of religions and belief structures based around nature, spirits, and animism. However, Shinto is directly linked with creation of Japan and the Japanese people.

I'd be especially curious to know what a Japanese Shintoist has to say on the matter.

Personally, I think it's possible for someone of a different origin to practice Shintoism while in Japan. As in, acknowledging that the kami are local and native to Japan (while other gods and goddesses may reign over other parts of the world - Greek, Native American, etc. pantheons). What is hard to get my head around is someone not of Japan worshiping the kami outside of Japan.

Any insight?
Sunday, April 27th, 2008
10:08 pm
Новый форум о религии
Приглашаем посетить недавно открывшийся форум о религии. Здесь можно общаться с единоверцами и единомышленниками, обсуждать общерелигиозные темы, делиться интересными ссылками и новостями. Мы рады видеть новых участников в нашем сообществе. Добро пожаловать!
Monday, December 24th, 2007
8:38 am
Did anyone see this last night?
Did any one see this program on CBS last night?:

In God's Name

The interviewed 12 different religious leaders from different religions. It was really fascinating. They had the Dalai Lama, the Pope, the head of the Grand Ise Shrine (Shinto) a Hindu religious leader, a cheif Rabbi and a couple of differnt Muslim and Christian leaders. I just happened to stumble on it last night. If I could find a place to order it online, I would.

Any body else catch it?
7:34 am
New Exploring Paths Community
Hello Everyone,

I have started a new community called exploringpaths

This community is for those for whom existing religions do not quite fit and are looking for new paths to explore spirituality. Whether you come from an existing path (Christianity, Paganism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, Judaism, Islam, etc.) or no path at all (atheism or agnosticism), all are welcomed.

I am not sure exactly in which direction this community will go, but I hope it will be interesting and thought provoking.

To the moderator: if this post is not allowed by the community rules, please feel to delete it and please accept my sincere apologies if this should cause any trouble.

Take care,
Monday, October 22nd, 2007
12:19 pm
Tsubaki Shrine Trip This Weekend
So this weekend I am going back up to the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America for a Shinto Seminar (see October 27th-28th entry at http://www.tsubakishrine.com/schedule.html).

I have not been there in October. Weather-wise, it looks like the highs will be in the mid-50's and the lows will be in the mid-40's. Where this comes into play is Misogi, a purification ritual that we usually do in the Pilchuk river that runs next to the Shrine. (See http://www.tsubakishrine.com/misogi_shuho.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misogi.) Usually, I am good with the cold water. Its walking barefoot on the rocks that is the real gyo.

It will be good to get back there. It has been too long.
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
1:29 pm
Assistance Request: Preparing for a Shinto Presentation in a couple of weeks
Hello All,

I hope you can help me out. In a couple of weeks I will be giving a presentation on Shinto to a Unitarian church in Temple, Texas. I have done a few of these and have a general outline I have previously used. I am looking to update and improve that presentation. So, what I am asking for is your input. Imagine that you were going into such a presentation not knowing anything about Shinto. What things would you want to know? What questions might you have? What would you want to come away with after such a presentation?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Take care,
John Hidalgo
Sunday, October 7th, 2007
11:13 am
Seeking info about Heian nun/priestess attire
cross-posted to japanophile

I've been studying Asian history, art, and culture, and I'm currently trying to find out what Heian nuns (such as Lady Nijo during her wanderings) and priestesses (such as Daisaiin Senshi) would have worn, I'm fairly confident that Senshi, daughter of an emperor, was more likely to wear rich Heian fabrics than the modern outfit of a miko, but it's hard to pick apart the tight weave of Buddhism and Shinto in the Heian era.

I've even browsed through tiny online images from scrolls such as Genji Monogatari trying to spot an image of a nun or priestess, but no luck. Can anyone help with resources, images, or solid information? TIA!
Friday, July 27th, 2007
4:19 pm
Hello, I've just joined this community, my name is Katie and I'm from the UK.

I know very little about Shintoism, other than what I have read on the internet, and have picked up when reading about Japan. I've joined this community in the hope of finding out more, since what I have learnt so far has fascinated me.
Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
4:44 pm
I hope....

Hello, everyone. I am a Gu-ji(Chief priestess) of a Shinto shrine in Japan.
I think about the following plan. 

Unfortunately there are many economic problems in it. 
Besides, I can hardly speak English. ....However, I will not give it up.

Current Mood: good
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
5:18 pm
Shinto n00b
Hello all!

I've been in a bit of a spiritual limbo for quite some time, and out of all the non-Christian religions I've read about, this one seems to make the most sense to me. It's beliefs, and treatment of life fits in great with my personal beliefs. I thought here would be a great place to start learning more about the faith, and get to meet others who already practice. :)

SO! To end my first post here, I have a question to ask.

My local book stores are lacking on Shinto reading material. Can you suggest any good online sites, and books I could order? Anything about practicing Shinto without having the convenience of a shrine would be great. I haven't looked too hard yet, but I don't believe there is a Shrine here in Virginia beach. (correct me if I'm wrong though, please.)

I look forward to hearing back from people, and making friends here. :)

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
1:57 pm
Texas Shinto Study Group Announcement: Rev. Patricia Ormsby Visit

Texas Shinto Study Group Announcement

Rev. Patricia Ormsby

Rev. Patricia Ormsby Visit

Saturday 1:00 PM, June 23rd, 2007

Japanese Garden at Fort Worth Botanical Garden

On Saturday June 23rd at 1:00 PM, Rev. Patricia Ormsby of the Kompira Jinja in Takao will be visiting us at the Japanese Garden at Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. It is a very rare occasion that we have a Shinto priestess come to visit us in Texas so I encourage everyone to make a special effort to come to this get together. This will be an informal social event where you can ask Rev. Ormsby questions about Shinto and her experiences as a Shinto priestess. Most likely we will be going to an early dinner after visiting the garden. If you plan to attend, please let us know as the Japanese Garden is a big place and we don't want to miss you. If there are any questions or to let us know that you will be attending, please free to contact us.

Contact Information:

Web Site: www.texasshinto.org

Point of Contact: John Hidalgo

Phone: (512) 656-2836

E-mail: oniyama@texas.net.

Thursday, June 7th, 2007
6:49 pm
2007 Tsubaki Daihongu Omairi Report

Tsubaki Daihongu

2007 Tsubaki Daihongu Omairi Report
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Monday, May 7th, 2007
5:25 pm
こどもの日 (Kodomo no Hi) Report and Pictures
So Saturday was こどもの日 (Kodomo no Hi) which in Japan is Boy's Day. (For more see Kodomo no Hi article on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodomo_no_hi.)

I celebrated this with my nephews, Forest (age 13) and Daniel (age 6). This was the first time we have ever done Boy's Day. While I have nothing else to compare our Boy's day to, we had fun so I would call it a success.

(Funny point: in some of the photos we told them to look serious like a samurai. Daniel seem to take this to heart. It is amusing to see such a little boy trying to look so tough.)

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My hope is that with the Texas Shinto Study group we can expand upon for next year's Hina Matsuri/Girl's Day (March 3rd) and Kodomo no Hi/Boy's Day (May 5th).
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
10:47 am
Looking for Shinto Themed Movies
I am looking for movies that reflect Shinto ideals and concepts? I am looking at having a Shinto themed lethargaton when I get back from Japan, so I am looking for good movie ideas.

Here is what has been suggested on the Texas Shinto list:

Pom Poco
Spirited Away
Princess Mononoke
My Neighor Totoro

Any other recommendations?

Take care,
John Hidalgo
Monday, April 16th, 2007
12:23 pm
Repost/Update: Kimono Dinner Party April 21st, 7 PM at Origami in Round Rock
Kimono Dinner Party
Hosted by the Texas Shinto Study Group
Saturday, April 21st, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Origami Japanese Restaurant in Round Rock, Texas

The Texas Shinto Study Group will be hosting a Kimono Dinner Party at Origami Japanese Restaurant on April 21st, 2007 at 7:00 PM. While there will be a short meeting about Shinto in Texas, this is primarily a social get together.

I was recently at Origami to make arrangements. They are excited about us coming to their restaurant dress in Kimono. It looks like there are at least fifteen people on the list so this should be well attended. This is shaping up to be a really fun event!

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Sunday, April 1st, 2007
8:56 am
Kimono Dinner Party April 21st Hosted by the Texas Shinto Study Group
Kimono Dinner Party
Hosted by the Texas Shinto Study Group
Saturday, April 21st, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Origami Japanese Restaurant in Round Rock, Texas

The Texas Shinto Study Group will be hosting a Kimono Dinner Party at Origami Japanese Restaurant on April 21st, 2007 at 7:00 PM. While there will be a short meeting about Shinto in Texas, this is primarily a social get together.

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Sunday, March 4th, 2007
8:22 pm
Hello and quick question.
Hello! I'm new to Shinto practice though I have been studying it on and off for sometime. I have a very quick, very newbie question.

Is it permissible to put more than one ofuda in a kamidana or should it be one ofuda per kamidana?

Many thanks for your help!
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