Tsunami zone volunteer becomes Shinto priest

National Feb 6, 2015

Tsunami zone volunteer becomes Shinto priest

by Maiko Sugano

When caregiver Kazutoshi Fujimoto first visited the town of Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, he was volunteering because he had heard the recovery from the March 2011 quake and tsunami was going slow. The decision turned out to be a life-changing one because it led him to ...

Ise Jingu parlays Shinto ritual into record crowds

National Dec 20, 2013

Ise Jingu parlays Shinto ritual into record crowds

Ise Jingu Shrine, fresh off its Sengyo-no-gi in October, the main event in the "shikinen sengu" ritual of transferring the deity to a new shrine building every two decades, is drawing record crowds. The number of worshippers flocking to the shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, ...

Shinto priest blazes trail as a community activist

National Oct 23, 2013

Shinto priest blazes trail as a community activist

by Takeshi Nishide

In these challenging times, Shinto priests can't afford to confine themselves to the quiet and peace of their shrines. On a Sunday afternoon in September, Mitsunobu Okada, chief priest of Sugimori Shrine in Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, was talking to a group of children as he ...