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Patreon is Live

Patreon is Live

My Patreon for essays describing Shinto as objectively and accurately as I can manage is now live. Please take a look. https://www.patreon.com/mimusubi Posts on this site will be more about my personal opinions or individual approach to Shinto, while the Patreon essays will be about facts that, in theory, anyone who studied the subject could agree on. I hope you find them interesting.

Launch on Saturday

Launch on Saturday

I am going to formally launch the new project, to write essays introducing Shinto supported through Patreon, on Saturday this week. That day is the anniversary of my arrival in Japan, which I think makes it a suitably significant day on which to begin a new venture. Ahead of the launch, I went to my local jinja today to have a ceremony asking the kami to support the project. I took along a printout of the first essay, the one…

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A Change of Focus

A Change of Focus

I have decided to change the focus of this website, to be on Shinto more generally. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that the game development has moved to doing the School of Magic game first, and that has nothing to do with Shinto. When I have working rules and come back to doing Kannagara, I will almost certainly start talking about it here. The second is that I am going to launch a Patreon…

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Jinja Kentei (The Shinto Culture Exam)

Jinja Kentei (The Shinto Culture Exam)

I’ve been occupied with other work for a while (editing Ars Magica, for example), but now I can start this project moving again. This time, I want to address the question of whether I am qualified to write Kannagara, by writing about the Jinja Kentei, or the Shinto Culture Exam. Jinja Kentei was started three years ago, and is run by the Foundation for Promoting Japanese Culture, which is extremely closely associated with Association of Shinto Shrines. (I suspect that…

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Shinzo Abe’s Visit to Yasukuni Jinja

Shinzo Abe’s Visit to Yasukuni Jinja

This post is not directly concerned with Kannagara, but it is concerned with a very important aspect of contemporary Shinto — its connection with the ultranationalism and militarism of Japan in the Second World War. This is an aspect that, as least to start with, I plan to avoid in the game, but it is something that anyone interested in Shinto needs to be aware of. You may have gathered from the news that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited…

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