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The belief in a “Land of Wa” that is as close to transparent as possible


Japan is an island nation. There is no way to escape the threat of nature. That is why in ancient times Japan came to respect and coexist with all things that transcend human beings to be likened to that gods.


They accepted its existence, not fearing it more than necessary, but not trying to conquer it either.


The idea of “all the deities,” where gods dwell in all things in nature, gave rise to the religion called Shinto. Although Shinto is a religion, there is no founder, no sacred text, and no holy book. Only the importance of respect for nature,  the spirits of ancestors, the ethics of honesty and sincerity, and a “pure and clear mind.”


When Buddhism was introduced to Japan around the 6th century (Asuka period, era?), Buddha was also welcomed as a god, mixing with others devoid of exclusionary practices.


Shinto-Buddhism may also be seen in modern Japanese society, where religious customs are accepted and enjoyed as a normal part of life.


Although most people are not consciously aware, Shintoism is undoubtedly at the root of Japanese culture and customs for being grateful for all things, the chanting of “Itadakimasu” before a meal being a case in point.多くの人は意識しませんが、あらゆる物事に感謝し、食事の前には「いただきます」を唱える日本人の文化・慣習には、間違いなく神道が影響しています。

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