Japanese Patterns of Design

Samurai Kamon: Seven Notable Samurai Family Crests

Japanese warlords are known to have many family crests. They carry them for different occasions. It often times represents their bloodlines. However, many cases show they are given by superiors or taken away from enemies by defeating them on the...

Shintoism Essential Value: Impurity and Purification Rituals

Shinto shrine gate in Nikko, Japan Shinto does not accept that human beings are born bad or impure; in fact, Shinto states that humans are born pure, and share in the divine soul. Badness, impurity, or sin are things that come later in life, and...

Shinto Rituals: Practices and Celebrations

Shinto rituals have survived in close connection with the lives of the Japanese people. It is strongly reflected in modern Japanese people’s lives and daily activities. Japanese people have passed down these behaviors to the present day as...

Shinto Shrine History with Inseparable Partner, Buddhism

Japan has more than 8,000 Shinto shrines throughout Japan, the original shrine buildings did not exist as we know them today. So, then, when and why were they built? And how did they develop? This article explains the origins and the evolution of...

The Difference between Shinto Shrine and Buddhist Temple

Toro in the forest Both Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples have long been familiar to Japanese people as spiritual centers. They are places of faith and prayer, and are frequently visited for festivals and annual events. The two religions have been...