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February 25, 2016

Shinto Shrines: A Guide to the Sacred Sites of Japan's Ancient Religion (Book review)

Shinto Shrines: A Guide to the Sacred Sites of Japan's Ancient ReligionShinto Shrines: A Guide to the Sacred Sites of Japan's Ancient Religion by Joseph Cali
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent guide to the most interesting Shinto shrines in Japan, with a very complete introduction about Shinto, Shinto architecture, etc. Shinto shrines so far have played second fiddle to Buddhist temples, so this guide is very welcome. Although there are usually no statues or gardens, and you can't enter the buildings, Shinto shrines can give visitors a feeling of great purity with their gracious architecture and the beautiful natural locations in which they are often situated.


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