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 a course called “Shinto English” to priests in training. But, even though I encounter Japan’s religious traditions in my daily life, it’s still challenging to express things in English, so I benefit a lot from the research done by others, and I really appreciate all of the effort that they have put into sharing their work online. This isn’t an attempt at comprehensively indexing everything on the Internet; instead, it’s mainly a list of things I’ve come across and found useful.

Explanations of Terms and Concepts

Shrines and Shrine Etiquette

The Association of Shinto Shrines / Jingū

Published Research (no paywalls)

Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学


  • Saio Palace (Saikū 斎宮): The Saikū (the Saiō’s palace) and Saiō (an Imperial Princess who served Amaterasu-Omikami (the sun goddess) of the Ise Shrine on behalf of the Emperor and royal family) are connected with nearby Ise Shrine.