From around the Nara Perioda garment called a kosode small sleeves was worn, first as underclothes and later as an outer garment, by both women and men. The garment became known as a kimono from the 18th century. Although much less common today than they used to be, even the short-term visitor is likely to see at least one of these elegant garments during their stay.
Introduction Shinto is an all-pervading indefinable way which is quite universal. Shinto or Kaminomichi or the way of the Kami or the Gods is the name of the religion observed by the Japanese from time immemorial.
It is only a teaching. It is not a set of verbal theories or concepts. It is the all-pervading way. Shinto is an all-pervading, indefinable way which is quite universal.
Shinto is divided into two classes, viz. A perfect understanding of Shinto will enable one to have proper understanding of the Japanese nation and their culture. There is neither much grand philosophy nor complicated ritual in Shintoism. Shinto is not a religion adopted by the State.
It is a religion of the heart. Shinto is a natural and real spiritual force which pervades the life of the Japanese.
Shinto is a creative or formative principle of life. The Shinto principle is the background of Japanese culture, code of ethics, fine arts, family and national structure.
Shinto is the chief agent which has rejuvenated, vitalised and reinforced the social and religious life of Japan. The system of Shinto resembles more the system of Hinduism than that of Confucianism or Buddhism. It is a kind of personal religion. It ascribes divine attributes to every being.
It is a kind of pantheism. For the Japanese, nation means a harmonious complex of individuals, Kuni-hito. Salvation, for the Japanese, means the Salvation of the whole nation instead of salvation of a few individuals.
This corresponds to Hiranyagarbha or the thread-Soul Sutratman of the Hindus. The visible universe Ken Kai and the invisible world Yu Kai have come into being from Ame-no-mi-naka-nushi through the activities of the three deities of Musubi, Principle of Creation, Completion and the Controlling Bond between the spiritual and the material, the invisible and the visible, the real and the ideal.
These contradictory attributes are functional only. The Absolute Universal Self is not affected by these contradictory attributes. It is beyond these attributes.
The idea of time has come into existence from the attributes. Absolute loyalty to the Sovereign Emperor, who is regarded as a direct descendant and representative of the highest God, respect for ancestors, profound feeling of piety towards the parents and love for children form the fundamental structure of the Great Universal Way.
The mirror, the sword and the jewel have a figurative meaning in the course of the development of Shinto. They symbolise wisdom, courage and benevolence or intelligence, will and love in Shinto theology. These three are the holy ensigns of royalty of the Sovereign Emperor.
They are supposed to symbolise the dynamic working of the Great Way and so they are found in the forefront of every Shinto shrine, popularly known as Mistu-tomo-e or the three big commas.
Susano-o-no-Mikoto is the impetuous divine brother of the Sun-God. He is the God of rainstorm. Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto is the Moon-God. These three constitute a divine triad. They preside, respectively, over the plane of High Heaven, the vast ocean, and the realm of Night.
Shinto Ethics Purity is one of the fundamental virtues of Shinto ethics. There are two significations of purity. One is outer purity or bodily purity and the other inner purity or purity of heart.
If a man is endowed with true inner purity of heart, he will surely attain God-realisation or communion with the Divine. Sincerity is also the guiding ethical principle of Shinto.Ongoing Events.
Lectures and Seminars on Religions in Japan. The NCC Study Center organizes seminars, lectures, and research projects on religions in Japan, thereby providing opportunities for people of different religions to encounter each other. Japanese Culture, Spirituality and Folklore.
The Shundai Zatsuwa (A Japanese Philosopher) By Kyuso (Muro Naokiyo), translated by George William Knox  An account of Japanese Neo-Confucian thought. LAFCADIO HEARN. I purchased this book as research material for a school course where I was writing a paper on Japanese spirituality.
Overall, this was an easy-to-read and helpful book that posed many interesting points and gave helpful insights into the Japanese culture, history, and religious attitudes. European names for the country probably originated with Marco Polo, who most likely adopted a name for Japan used in a Chinese dialect.
The name "Yamato" is used by archaeologists and historians to distinguish Japanese artistic genres from their Chinese counterparts.
Kimono. The Japanese kimono is one of the world's instantly recognizable traditional garments. The word kimono literally means "clothing", and up until the mid 19th century it was the form of dress worn by everyone in Japan. The culture of Japan has evolved greatly over the millennia, from the country's prehistoric time Jōmon period, to its contemporary modern culture, which absorbs influences from Asia, Europe, and North America.
Strong Chinese influences are still evident in traditional Japanese culture as China had historically been a regional powerhouse, which has resulted in Japan absorbing many elements of.