EASC150g – Yuko Konno
Religion has been a cause of war, divisions, new laws, and frequently peril throughout
Every religion has its own background and beliefs, and those that follow them will
oftentimes do whatever it takes to keep their personal religion going strong.
In modern day
Japan, religion is neither a stressor nor a huge guiding force in people’s lives.
religious makeup in the country did shift certain politics and cultural norms throughout the years.
With religions such as Shinto, Buddhism and Christianity, Japan has had shifts in power and
differences in what kind of person practices which belief system.
In the past hundred or so
years, Japan has gone from a political system with an emperor in charge, to a time when a
government makes all the calls.
During the emperor years, people followed the religion that the
emperor practiced, often causing problems and corruption.
Although the Japanese people are
allowed to practice whichever religion they choose, three main religions, Shinto, Buddhism and
Christianity have had a strong role in the changing society of Japan over the last hundred years.
Shinto is one of the main religions prevalent in China from ancient times till today.
exactly is Shintoism?
Shinto followers have a strong belief in the presence of
spirit that, like the idea of God, is everywhere and part of everything.
Not to be confused with
is a driving spiritual force in the religion of Shinto.
Shinto is the natural
R. J. Zwi Werblowsky, “
Religions in Japan: Impressions of an Academic Tourist,”
Contemporary Religions in Japan
4:3, 1963; JSTOR, accessed 2 November, 2010, p.