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Some of the buddhist temples in japan include toji

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beliefs. Some of the Buddhist temples in Japan include, Toji, Todaiji and Eihei-ji. There are over 100 Buddhist temples in Japan where Buddhist believers are able to gather, worship and pray. Government involvement has always remained an active role in Japanese culture. A strong centralized unity has succeeded at creating a national identity that the Japanese can be proud of. The government has struggled with introducing different ideas, but the Japanese religion has been able to provide the checks and balances towards the government. Especially when the government tried to replace the native language and writing system, these were not related to Shinto or Buddhism, which created resistance for transitioning and creating a successful change. Many government officials tried to separate their reign from religious influence by enforcing separation between agricultural, education, civil liberties and industrial affiliations. Religion is extremely influential in the prosperity of Japan. The Japanese culture is deeply rooted within Shinto and Buddhism, and how the Japanese population shares similar beliefs. Because Japanese people share such similar beliefs, they are able to live cohabitating and peaceful and share certain holidays or celebrations. New Year’s Day is a holiday that both Shinto and Buddhist believers visit their sacred places to pray for good fortune. Lively festivals and Figure 3 Kumano Shrine located in Japan. Figure 2 Tōdai-ji Buddhist temple in Nara, Japan.
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celebrations are celebrated in both Shinto and Buddhist temples, with the same ideas and events. Religion doesn’t effect the Japanese in a negative force, but a foundation to most Japanese cultures are intertwined with the beliefs of Shinto and Buddhism. Japanese traditions, beliefs, businesses, families and government involvement are built through religious beliefs. With the unity and open-minded acceptance of Shinto and Buddhism, Japan is able to stay in a strong, powerful, and peaceful country.
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