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Religion in Japan

This time I am going to talk about the religions of Japan. Now, this will mostly be about their native religion, Shinto, but I will also quickly cover up their other religions.

First, according to surveys from year 2006, these numbers when it comes to religion came up: 51.8% Shinto and Atheists, 34.9% Buddhism, 4% Shinto organizations and others, 2.3% Christianity, and 7% No answer.

So, that one covered, I will talk a bit about Shinto. "Shinto is the traditional religion of Japan that focuses on ritual practices to be carried out diligently to establish a connection between present-day Japan and its ancient past", is a pretty nice summary from Wiki. More information, Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture. Shinto practices were first recorded and codified in the historical records of the Kojiki (the oldest extant chronicle in Japan) and Nihon Shoki (the second-oldest book of classical Japanese history) in the 8th century. The religion has other names, such as kami-no-michi, but 'Shinto' means 'Way of the Gods'. As much as nearly 80% of the population in Japan participates in Shinto practices or rituals, but only a small percentage of these identify themselves as "Shintoists" in surveys.

If you're more interested, I do recommend doing your own little research about Japan and its dominant religion Shinto. It is all very intriguing, mystic and interesting. And if there's anything you'd like me in particular to write about, please leave a comment!

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