Matsuri, Shinto

Setsubun – Getting Rid of Your Demons

Today I celebrated Setsubun (節分), a yearly festival in which we celebrate the beginning of Spring. Setsubun literally means 'seasonal division' and is also associated with the Lunar new year, so is often thought of as a 'new year' before Spring! Note: I use the term 'demon' here to translate the Japanese term 'oni'. This… Continue reading Setsubun – Getting Rid of Your Demons

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New Year 2018 – My Year At A Glance

Last year I wrote a lot about what Shinto practices I do for New Year so I'm not going to repeat it here and instead I encourage you to read that past post. This year, I'm going to write more of a reflection post on the past year and what  I achieved both spiritual and… Continue reading New Year 2018 – My Year At A Glance

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New Year: A Time for New Beginnings

New year has always been special to me in that it represents a new beginning, a releasing of the old and bringing in of the new. Even in the West, new year inspires us to make new years resolutions or goals - even if we rarely stick to them! Of course many people choose to… Continue reading New Year: A Time for New Beginnings