Jarek Buss | University Relations | 13 May 2015
On Tuesday, May 5, BYU-Hawaii was honored to host a visit from Moriyasu Ito and Masahiro Sato of the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
Ito, a priest at the famous shrine, gave an hour-long presentation on Shinto—the traditional, indigenous religion of Japan—to students and faculty from the Honors Society, Japanese Student Association, the McKay Center for Intercultural Peacebuilding, the university Concert Choir, and others. His presentation focused on improving students’ understanding of Shinto and, by association, of Japanese culture and the Japanese people.
According to Ito, Shinto can be difficult for many foreigners to understand because it is not organized in the same way as Western religions; it does not have initiation rituals or even a specific membership. Shinto focuses on the worship of kami, numerous divinities who live in nature.