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Culture tips, Guest post

The Shinto Shrines of Japan & Their History

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Shinto Shrines have become synonymous with Japan. These beautiful structures are an integral part of the rich history of this wonderful country. However, the understanding of these Shinto Shrines can be quite difficult for a western audience to interpret. In fact, there are words pertaining to these spiritual structures that don’t even have an equivalent in the English language. This makes understanding the significance behind these shrines that much more difficult, but arguably all that more appealing.

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First Time Japan | The online course is here!

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THE TIME HAS COME… THE FIRST ONLINE COURSE IS HERE!
I apologize for all these capital letters, they look a little loud; but the announcement is huge, it really is! I’ve been working very hard on this course for the past couple of months, so it’s with a little pride that I present you “First Time Japan”.

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Anthropology, Culture tips, JST Video

Talking about impurity | Kegare and contamination in Japan

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Today we are back to some ancient topic. I know, it seems a little “recurring”, but I think it’s a very interesting topic, and one that you can better appreciate if you read about it different times… So, I’d say, let’s get into business, and see (once more), what is kegare, and why is so importante in Japan (but also elsewhere…)

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Anthropology, JST Video

Anthro 101 | What is cultural anthropology?

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Hi everyone, I am back with one new video (for a brand new series) dedicated to anthropology.
This is going to be a challenging experiment for me, because talking about anthropology means to analyze the origin of this discipline, its developments and how it interacts, today, with the rest of human sciences and politics.

However, I am thrilled to give it a try, and today I want to begin with a brief intro, a very first definition, a quick answer to the question “What is anthropology?”

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Anthropology, Culture tips

New Religions in Japan

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We are back to something very dear to my study, religions and shamanism in Japan. Shamanism in contemporary Japan is a topic of interesting researches expecially among anthropologists and sociologists, and it is now widely connected to the developments of the so-called New Religions Movements, and the figures of the kyōso 教祖, their female charismatic founders

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