[Guest Post] Inari-Okami in Numata City

This week we have a wonderful guest post by Hannah over at http://benannainjapan.blogspot.com/! This post does an excellent job of illustrating just how much influence Inari has in a small area. I love how the shrines range from formal to casual, traditional to untraditional. And of course, the pure feeling of love and nostalgia that … Continue reading [Guest Post] Inari-Okami in Numata City

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Shinto Cosmology

Today I will talk about the Japanese creation story. This myth can change depending on various sources and so can be moulded to fit various sects of the Shinto faith. Before you begin reading, I feel it is important to state that this is very heavily referenced from the internet. However, I felt this is an … Continue reading Shinto Cosmology

Kami Focus – Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto (月読)

Name meaning: 月読 (月 - moon, month, 読 - reading, counting). Another translation could be tsukiyo 月夜 - moonlight night and mi 見 - looking/watching. Other names: Tsukiyomi, Tsuki no kami (Kojiki), Tsukuyomi-no-mikoto, Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto Kami of: the moon Themes: Balance, Sensitivity, Intuition and other aspects associated with the moon Enshrined at: Many places including Tsukuyomi Jinja  at Matsunoo Taisha (Kyoto), Tsukuyomi … Continue reading Kami Focus – Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto (月読)

Kami Focus: Ryujin (龍神)

Name meaning: 龍神 "Dragon god" Other names: Ryojin (Dragon god), Ryuo (Dragon king), Ryugu (Dragon palace), Watatsumi (Sea god) Kami of: the Ocean, agriculture, fishermen Themes: Water, agriculture Enshrined at: Watatsumi jinja (Kobe and Kitakyūshū), Daikai jinja (Osaka) to name a few. The Katase-Enoshima station in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture was also designed with Ryujin's palace in mind.  These beautiful architectural designs pay … Continue reading Kami Focus: Ryujin (龍神)