Category Archives: Uncategorized

Day 20: “Kyara-ing Shinto”…?

Hello everyone. It seems kind of fitting to finish this series of articles slash travel reports with an English transcript of the presentation I gave yesterday evening. It was really challenging to me to prepare (and hold) it in Japanese, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Day 18-19: Kami-sama

Sorry everyone that I haven’t been posting yesterday. Everyone here, including me, was kind of freaking out about our presentation today, so we all did some good old hikikomori to work through the night… The presentations are later today in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Day 17 – Closing In

People of the internet, you have not been commenting for a long while, I have to say! This adds to the feeling that somehow, soon, all the fun is going to be over and I don’t know how much is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Day 15-16: Old Traditions and Young Deer

Back in Ise, back in the regular programme, and I have no idea how to catch up with the posts… The day before yesterday I met the rest of the group in front of Kyoto’s Yasaka Jinja again, but it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Day 14 – Contrasting Views

Just three small observations from Kyoto after the first wave of exhileration to be back in my heart’s dearest place on earth has settled! 1. Why are here so many people? I didn’t know there existed so many people in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Day 13 – Commercial Break

I am sorry but we have to interrupt our regular programme for a short commercial break. I will be going to Kyoto and Nara  for a few days, so I will continue the regular updates from monday or tuesday on. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Day 12 – Look at the Fun we are having!

No other way to put this and not much else to say today! 🙂        

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Day 11 – The Businesses of Lesser Priests

Today, some hard facts again (mixed with a good amount of storytelling and lore): the businesses of lesser priests! These guys are called “onshi”. That’s a pronounciation of 御師 special to the Ise-area. My dictionary translates them as “low-ranking priests”, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Day 10 – Information Overload

A recurring theme here seems to be that every morning I worry it might be difficult to write a new journal entry here in the afternoon, then after the lunch break it all turns around and there is way to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Day 9 – Syncretism

Most of the classes are about shinto. Today was a reminder that it is quite impossible to discuss shintoism without consideration of buddhism. This is easy enough to get if you consider that there are about 2 million Christians living … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment