The Ise Shrine Library 神宮文庫

Over the last few centuries, the Inner 内宮 and Outer 外宮 shrines at the Ise Jingū shrine complex have been amassing texts, especially ones related to Shinto, and many of these are now contained in the Ise Shrine Library (Jingū Bunko 神宮文庫). It’s open to the public if you would like to visit and view …

Maps of Ise City 伊勢市の地図

After living in Ise City 伊勢市 for a while, I’ve come across several maps that contain useful information. The quality is a bit uneven, but when you put them together, you get a good sense of the city and the interesting places within it. I’ve gathered together all of the English-langauge ones I know about …

Shinto and Japanese Traditions in English (Online Resources) 「神道」と「日本の伝統文化」に関する英語の資料(オンライン)

There are several reasons why I’ve got Shinto on my mind, in some form or another, every day. I do research on religion and warfare in 16th century Japan. I am a faculty member at Kōgakkan University, which is connected with one of Japan’s most sacred sites in the Shinto religious tradition. And, I teach …

Ise Jingū and Plastic Erasers

I came across this eraser in the store today. It’s called a Jingu Miyamasugi (神宮御山杉) Plastic Eraser. On the front, it says that it uses wood from a sacred tree (shinboku 神木) that is over 300 years old and was taken from the grounds of one of Japan’s most revered religious sites. While that may …