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Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Religious Sites in Two Tokyo Neighborhoods

Steven Heine

Abstract

Many observers have commented on what appears to be a fundamental contradiction concerning the ways that traditional religions function in Japan. On the one hand, the presence of temples and shrines is pervasive throughout most countryside and urban areas, which means that there are countless examples of festivals and rituals on display creating a sense of vibrancy and involvement. At the same time, observers often get the impression that neither Buddhism nor Shinto is as spiritually dynamic an institution as might be expected. In reality, however, religion functions as an integral part of dai ... More

Keywords: Akasaka, Butsudan, Inari, Inarichō, Shitamachi, Shrine, Temple, Worldly Benefits, Yamanote

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195386202
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386202.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Heine, author
Florida International University

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