Living With Kami: All About Konkokyo and Shinto

Discover all about Konkokyo and Shinto; and other spiritual practices in Japan! Learn what it's like to follow “Kami no Michi” – Way of the Kami – day to day. A blog dedicated to sharing information, teaching about practices and various ceremonies, and about daily living of primarily Konkokyo and Jinja Shinto, as well as Buddhism, Onmyoudou, Shugendo, and other spiritualities which originate from Japan.

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Olivia

Olivia

Hello! I am Olivia. Nice to meet you. I am an ordained Konkokyo priestess since October 22nd, 2015. My hometown is Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but I'm currently working as an associate minister/priestess and miko at the Konkokyo Yokosuka Kyoukai in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan. During my training, I went to various shrines and temples, and regions all around Japan, and I want to share all the spiritual knowledge I was able to learn with many others all around the world. I hope to help others as much as I can!
Total Solar Eclipse: A regale of the Yayoi people, Amatsukami and Ama no Iwato

As the Total Solar Eclipse was a great event taking place across North America, I thought it would be the perfect time to write about the solar eclipse, and what it means in Shinto traditions - especially in regard to the famous Ama no Iwato myth. While it is unknown the true event associated with Ama no Iwato, it is said popularily it represents a solar eclipse – however when one studies further, a more significant connection would be to the Winter Solstice. However, indeed, solar eclipses would have most likely been significant as well, especially in relation to a recall of Ama no Iwato.

 

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  • Olivia
    Olivia says #
    Hi Aryós! Thank you for your great comment! I actually plan to address that in an article I'm writing about the Yayoi and Jomon
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    Very interesting! I've been reading the Kojiki and have been wondering to what degree it reflects genuine historical record. Obvi

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Tamagushi: What is it, and how to offer it

Hello everyone! I apologize for not updating as often as I'd like - I had been in a period of transition from May to June, and July was full of ceremonies, both private and public. Now that I've got a better handle of my time and schedule, please look forward to more posts!

For start, here is a short and simple article explaining tamagushi. There is more theories to their origins, and etmology theories to the word, however, what I wanted to explain here is the essence of tamagushi and it's present meaning.

Tamagushi (玉串, translated as jewel skewer) is an ancient offering to Kami-sama, it is usually a sakaki tree branch, or at times when there is no sakaki availible, an evergreen branch such as cedar, and shide (zigzag strip of white rice paper) on top attached to  the leaves. There can be larger and more elaborate tamagushi, with red and white cloth, and asa (sacred hemp fibres) tied in a ribbon on the top as well alongisde two shide. 

 

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  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    Welcome back, Olivia! Your presence was missed. This is a very interesting insight into a particular part of Shinto ritual that I

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Sacred Items Series: Kagura suzu

In Japanese spiritual practices, such as Shinto, Jinja Shinto, Konkokyo, Onmyoudou, and more - there are various sacred and ritual items used.
You may have seen photos of them, or if you are lucky, have been able to see them in person at a shrine, temple, or other place of worship.

Have you ever wondered what the meanings, or origins of them were? Or their purpose? Well, look no further! With these series of articles, I hope to help educate all about these sacred items.

So let’s get started! The first entry I will do is about Kagura suzu


 

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Hinamatsuri 雛祭り: Doll’s Festival on Girls Day

Hinamatsuri is today, March 3rd! Or, depending on your timezone, has already passed. While some may be enjoying the view of their dolls, or other families may be placing them back in their storage boxes, let’s take a look about the origins, customs, and meaning of Hinamatsuri - particularly from a spiritual and historical perspective. 

 

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  • Sarah Avery
    Sarah Avery says #
    I'm really enjoying your blog series, and it has special significance for me. When I was 7, my family moved to Japan, and we staye

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What Are Konkokyo and Shinto?

Hello, and welcome to the first post for "Living With Kami!"

You might be wondering – what is Kami? Konkokyo? Shinto?

These terms are all a part of the spiritual traditions I practice, which originate in Japan. Please allow me to introduce you to and talk about the Way of Kami in this blog.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Back in the 90's when I was still attending church some priests from the Tsubaki Grand Shrine Japan came and led a service. Your
  • Olivia
    Olivia says #
    Thank you very much! Oh wow, that's amazing! Yes, Tsubaki Grand Shrine now has an American branch shrine, Tsubaki Grand Shrine of
  • Critter
    Critter says #
    Thank you for sharing!
  • Olivia
    Olivia says #
    Thank you so much!
  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    Welcome to PaganSquare. I am looking forward to reading all about the Kami! I had not previously known about the differences betwe

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