J-BOND Team Trip - 13th day in Japan

May 23, 2015


The team visited ISE-GINGU (ISE Shrine).  ISE-GINGU is considered as a headquarter of all Shinto Shrines in Japan.  I did teach them how to visit and respect Japanese Shinto at Shrine.  The team followed my instruction which is started with making 2-time bows, 2-time clapping-hands and then 1-time bow.


Today I like to talk about "Shinto" followers and "Buddhists" in Japan.  Japan is one of rare countries that people have a belief and respect in 2 religions in life, i.e., "Shintoism" and "Buddhism".  This means that Shintoism and Buddhism have co-existed in Japan since 6th century, when Buddhism was transferred from China.  


Shintoism is an indigenous religion based on the worship of nature.  Shinto doesn't have any founder, dogma, scripture and its most important value is purity.  


It says that the greatest Shinto impurity is death and it's always considered taboo.  On the other hand, Buddhism trains people how to escape the agonies of life and to reach nirvana or enlightenment.  


Hence, the most of Japanese people go to Shinto shrines for fortunated occasions such as baby's birth celebrations or weddings, while people go to Buddhist temples on such an opposite occasions as funerals after people death.







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