After Commodore Perry in the mid nineteenth century opened Japan to outside influence sweeping changes have occurred in the country. Within Shinto, the Buddha was viewed as another "Kami".
Heian Period 794—1185: The full fruit of this nationalism ripened in the twentieth century and culminated in World War II. The Japanese consider the period after the move to Kyoto as the epitome of classical Japanese culture. In that sense, it is indeed a refreshing pleasure to live in Japan where the acceptance of death is more realistic, natural, and far less sentimental than in the West. I will disagree with the author on one point, regarding respect of other religions: There are many Shinto sects which tend to be oriented in three major categories.
In fact, Shinto played a role in legitimating Buddhism.
Japan and religion: In Japan, beautiful groves of trees are widely preserved as shrines, as places of prayer and ritual worship. I guess after the 'Emperor' debacle they people have become a harder sell. Brown and James T. She hosts a gathering for family members and relatives to come and pray for my father once in a few years.
Again, God is not just kami, but sozosha.
Here and Now opinions How religious are Japanese people? Religious hatred. Assisted suicide. In its most basic sense Shinto is a religious form of Japanese patriotism. The upper classes valued and aspired to miyabi, an elusive sense of courtly elegance and refined aesthetic taste. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura had to remove or thrown away all structures and objects associated with Buddhism.
In 1868, various pressures, both from within Japan and from foreign nations, conspired to topple the Tokugawa regime. Most weddings are performed by Shinto priests; most funerals are performed by Buddhist priests. Muraoka, Tsunetsugu. The dancing goddess held up a mirror and said, "We are dancing to celebrate the new goddess.
According to this interpretation, the relative is equivalent to the absolute and phenomenon is equivalent to noumenon.
When Japanese say "kamisama" it could mean a thousand different dieties. Revering the deities, or kami , inherent in the natural environment , the followers of Shinto recognize that spirits are present in plants, animals, oceans, waterfalls, land, mountains, and even stones.
From the Western perspective, the Japanese tendency toward vagueness and imprecision in religious expression is surprising, confusing, and even irritating.