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New article about how to behave in a Japanese shrine/temple
We have updated our website with a new article How to behave in a Japanese shrine/temple. Everyone knows that there are various religions and confessions in the world. They may be completely different but as for Japan they have two major religions which are closely intertwined - Shintoism and Buddhism. Sometimes orientalists describe such combination as Shinto-Buddhism syncretism and very often a layman can be confused by almost the same exterior of Shintoist shrines and Buddhist temples.
In this article we listed a few rules of conduct to be complied with during a visit to a Japanese shrine or temple. They are quite simple and easy to learn and if you stick to them it will be real pleasure to be treated as a civilized person. Holy places require holy attitude.
Bah. Highly irocrnect. In fact, after the first bomb was dropped, half of the council in Japan(3/6) were still dead set on remaining in the war. Even after the second bomb, the emperor had to step in himself and force them to chose surrender. There is hard evidence showing Japan was far from convinced to end the war, let alone some mystical rejected attempt to surrender. In the 1970 s scholars argued the bomb was an attempt to scare Russia.' Sadly it still persists in simplistic tellings of history (like high school classrooms). But no credible scholars continue this dated debate. Read some modern historiography on the debate and you'll quickly realize this. The slogan for Japan the summer of 1945 was The sooner the Americans come the better. 100 million will die honorably'. Young girls were being trained to run at GI's with sewing needles.Just in the last few years scholars have uncovered great data that shows Japan knew where the American invasion would have come, and were preparing to slaughter them on the beaches.The bomb saved many, many lives. The debate over the bomb is dead. Only in one-sided museums in Japan do I still hear the bomb portrayed as an evil act by America with no strategic use.