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"Reading 'Shrine Tourism' is a must for Japanese students aspiring to study abroad or pursue international oppor



"Reading 'Shrine Tourism' is a must for Japanese students aspiring

to study abroad or pursue international opportunities."

"Mr. Tojo, who always writes our columns, has recently published his second book, so I decided to read it promptly.

The author, Mr. Hidetoshi Tojo, is someone I know personally. He manages the portal site 'Jinjajin,' dedicated to shrines, and has walked to over 1000 shrines, creating a database with his own feet. With the support of like-minded individuals who share Tojo's vision, a database for over 80,000 shrines nationwide has been created, accumulating data from around 10,000 shrines. Tojo's humble personality attracts many supporters, leading to a quiet boom, particularly in his lectures.

Shrines have played a significant role in various life milestones such as Hatsumode, Shosai, Shichi-Go-San, coming-of-age ceremonies, weddings, etc. Understanding the essence of these shrines and conveying it to others is one of the purposes of this book.

Given my frequent interactions with international students due to my work, I have always been interested in how to convey Japanese culture to them. Also, having initiated student interpreter volunteer activities based at Meiji Shrine, I find the attempt to introduce Japan using shrines very appropriate.

When volunteering to guide foreigners at Meiji Shrine, I noticed their consistent amazement at Japan's 'purification culture.' Phrases like 'God doesn't appear in dirty places' and 'The sun god is watching' are key explanations of the Japanese culture.

Moreover, the origins of holidays like National Foundation Day and Labor Thanksgiving Day, and even cultural elements like sake and sumo, trace back to Shinto and shrines. Indeed, shrines embody the essence of Japanese culture.

Shrines are found in every town, and even a common local shrine, with proper guidance, can become an impressive tourist spot full of 'Japanese wonders' for foreigners. 'Shrine Tourism' reminds us Japanese that 'ordinary Japan' is our greatest cultural heritage, and it encourages readers to carry it in their bags, read it repeatedly, and turn it into living knowledge. I hope they share what they've learned in various languages with their friends. Foreigners interested in Japan will listen to your stories with interest and respect your ability to articulate them eloquently. (Global Community Editor-in-Chief, Keimi Miyazaki)

Amidst the enduring trend of 'Power Spot Tours,' this year marks the once-in-sixty-years relocation of Ise Grand Shrine and Izumo Taisha. Additionally, Mount Fuji, the sacred mountain of the Asama faith, has finally achieved its long-awaited recognition as a World Cultural Heritage site. Truly, 2013 can be called the 'Year of Shrines.'

However, as Japanese people, are we perhaps too 'ignorant' about our roots, namely shrines and Shinto? Why is being 'clean' considered one of the national traits of the Japanese? Does the spirit of valuing 'public' in Japanese culture stem from the influence of phrases like 'The sun is watching'?

Moreover, is Shinto really a 'religion'? Descendant of the 40th Prime Minister Tojo Hideki, the author, who manages the shrine portal site 'Jinjajin,' reflects on the history built by predecessors and proposes a new form of 'Shrine Tourism,' enjoying 'shrine visits through affiliation and blessings. He delves into the charm of Japan as a 'Cultural Nation.'"

Chapter 1: Japan's Common Sense, the World's Uncommon Sense

Chapter 2: Rules of Shrines

Chapter 3: Shinto and Animism

Chapter 4: "Japan Original" Gods

Chapter 5: Origins of Shrines Ise and Izumo

Chapter 6: The Arrival of Buddhism and the Presence of Shinto

Chapter 7: Mystery Under the Name of "Mythology"

"Work and Birth: Insights from the Kojiki"



"Work and Birth: Insights from the Kojiki"

Professor Nakanishi's interpretation of the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki sheds light on the Japanese national identity and its spiritual foundation. When considering daily labor, the Old Testament and Japanese mythology offer contrasting perspectives. In the Old Testament, the story of Adam and Eve eating the "fruit of knowledge of good and evil" leads to the "punishment" of labor for men and the "pain of childbirth" for women. Thus, work is viewed as a divine punishment, and workers often dream of early retirement to enjoy a leisurely life.

In contrast, Japanese mythology presents a different perspective on labor. Even the supreme deity, Amaterasu Omikami, is depicted engaging in activities like farming and overseeing weaving. The act of working is not a divine punishment but a blessing, as exemplified by the tale of Amaterasu bestowing rice from the heavenly realm to sustain earthly agriculture. Even the Emperor, a symbol of national unity, participates in rice planting and harvesting annually, and this is seen as a source of gratitude rather than humiliation. For the Japanese, labor is a source of joy.

"Alignment of Contemporary Management Theory with Japanese Mythology"

Considering the effect of perceiving work as either a punishment or a blessing, which perspective would likely boost morale? In an aging society, where individuals in their 80s remain healthy, the choice between a retirement of leisure or contributing to society using one's skills and experience becomes pertinent. Modern management theory emphasizes employee satisfaction and organizational performance, aligning closely with the Japanese mythological view of labor as a divine blessing. This human-centric approach seems more compatible with Japanese culture than the pursuit of career advancement and wealth found in some foreign contexts.

By understanding the labor perspective from Japanese mythology, individuals may find renewed enthusiasm for their work and even guide their workplaces toward a more fulfilling direction. The myths serve as a source of inner strength, influencing people's overall well-being.

"Childbirth: Pain or the Sanctity of Life's Continuation?"

The concept of "pain in childbirth" as punishment in the Old Testament contrasts with the Japanese perspective. Japan's islands are seen as a land where divine life resides, and reproduction is a sacred act reflecting the gods' example. In this light, reproduction is not a punishment but a blessing, a divine act. The significance of both labor and reproduction is evident in the nation's high regard for women's roles in life's continuation.

This notion has likely contributed to the esteemed status of Japanese women historically. Fostering a deeper understanding of this aspect of Japanese mythology might even offer solutions to issues like declining birth rates. Acknowledging the sanctity of life's continuation through myths could rejuvenate Japan's vitality.

"Implications of 'Avatar' and the Connection to Japanese Mythology"

Japan's view of the land as sacred, born of the marriage of divine beings Izanaki and Izanami, sets it apart from the Old Testament. The movie "Avatar," depicting a lush planet where beings are deeply connected to nature, resonated widely. The film's impact, leading to what's been called the "Avatar syndrome" in which viewers experienced depression upon returning to urban life, signifies a growing awareness of the bond between humans and nature. This idea aligns with Japan's longstanding view of the environment as sacred and is reflected in its advanced environmental technologies.

Studying Japanese mythology and embracing its perspective on nature could position Japan as a leader in global environmental protection. Such a revitalized understanding might empower Japan to provide unique solutions to global challenges and infuse the nation with newfound energy.

"Rejuvenating Japan through the 'Kojiki'"

As demonstrated, Japanese mythology holds wisdom for 21st-century challenges in work, marriage, and nature. The dismissal of polytheistic religions like Japanese mythology as primitive, while elevating Christianity as modern, is a dated view. Japanese myths offer valuable insights and solutions to contemporary issues. If Japanese individuals re-engage with "Kojiki" and "Nihon Shoki," they could potentially contribute novel solutions to global problems, making a significant impact and revitalizing Japan's future. (From the International Japanese Cultural Studies Course)

let's go home.(kaerou)


let's go home.(kaerou)

fuji kaze song sung by Anonymouz (アノニムーズ) - 名前のない女の子


You go melt away into the setting sun.

I go disappear into the breaking dawn.

If we never cross--over on our ways not once again.

Then we'll know it is destiny so...

As you always do, you go and give out hope

As I always do, I plead and beg for light.

I'm not afraid. No, I dont have anything to lose.

From the very start, I've never had possessions

Alright then, alright then. Bye for now. Eyes of the boy have lost their innocence,

even the ringing five o'clock bell doesn't reach him anymore.

But so then, but so then. It's almost, like everything has already ended.

No but I'm wrong. long way to go I know I won't ever forget.

Ah, let it go, forget it all. let's go home.

Ah, let it all just float away. Let's go home.

Even if I suffered from my scars. Even if I thirst, and never heal.

Won't care about it anymore. Let's blow it all off.

Now with the fresh wind, why don't we just go home?

So now with the gentle rain, why don't we go home?

We know nothing's gonna grow from any hatred or from any pain.

So, from me, from myself, I will try forgetting it all.


Ah, how will I live my life from today?

Popular Japanese songs of all, from the IRWS(The International Red-White Singing Festival).


For 10 years of experience of holding Int'l Red-White Singing Festival(IRWS), we have made a Finale Song of popular Japanese songs among Non-japanese by considering all applicants and selected performers and the auditions choice of locals in Cebu and Bali where IRWS was held.

We have realized the significance of song which bonds the people of the world 

3rd most popular Japanese songs of all, from the IRWS(The International Red-White Singing Festival).


For 10 years of experience of holding Int'l Red-White Singing Festival(IRWS), we have made a ranking of popular Japanese songs among Non-japanese by considering all applicants and selected performers and the auditions choice of locals in Cebu and Bali where IRWS was held.

3rd most popular Japanese songs for Non-Japanese by IRWS


3rd ウィーアー! 『ONE PIECE』のオープニングテーマ

3rd One Piece - "We Are" | ENGLISH Ver 


3rd  366日 (366 days)

日本語 HY



3rd  赤いスイートピー

Patti Austin / RED SWEET PEA 


3rd  鱗(うろこ)Scales


3rd  手紙~拝啓 十五の君へ~

ENGLISH Tegami (Letter)


3rd  恋  KOI


The song sang in IRWS


Too Much So much Very Much 日本語 タイ語 Bird Thongchai

POPSTAR 日本語 日本語 平井堅 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzfteHcskYo

You're beautiful 英語 英語 James Blunt 

melody of life (Final Fantasy X) 日本語 日本語 

Amaging Grace 英語 英語 

キセキ 日本語 日本語 GReeeeN 

My Way 日本語 英語 布施明 

Dancing Queen 英語 英語 ABBA 

L.O.V.E. 英語 英語 Frank Sinatra 

오나라(来てください)_チャングムの誓い 韓国語・日本語 韓国語 

白い色は恋人の色 韓国語・日本語 日本語 Betsy & Chris 

Seasons of Love 英語 英語 Rent 

TO LOVE YOU MORE 英語 英語 Celine Dion With 葉加瀬太郎 

しあわせになろうよ 日本語 日本語 長渕剛 

十年 日本語 日本語 中孝介 

You make me happy! 日本語 日本語 (フレッシュプリキュア!)

Home 日本語 日本語 木山裕策 

どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう? 日本語 日本語 東方神起 

Over the Rainbow 英語 英語 映画『オズの魔法使い』より

風が吹いている 日本語 日本語 いきものがかり 

君さえいれば 日本語 日本語 清水 翔太

Re Japan 日本語 日本語 明日があるさ 

上を向いて歩こう 日本語 日本語 坂本 九 

男はつらいよ 日本語 日本語 渥美清 

サボテンの花 日本語 日本語 チューリップ 

First Love 日本語 日本語 宇多田ヒカル 

Shake It Off 英語 英語 Taylor Swift 

涙そうそう 日本語 日本語 BEGIN 

創聖のアクエリオン 日本語 日本語 AKINO 

北国の春 日本語 日本語 千昌夫 

赤いスイートピー 日本語 日本語 松田聖子×神田沙也加  


Tomorrow 英語 英語 映画『ANNIE/アニー』より 

最後の言い訳 日本語 日本語 徳永英明 

Poker Face 英語 英語 Lady Gaga 

夏の終わりのハーモニー 日本語 日本語 井上陽水&安全地帯 

Vitalization 日本語 日本語 水樹奈々 

チョネジア 韓国語 韓国語 チャン・ナラ

じょんから女節 日本語 日本語 長山洋子 

逢いたくていま 日本語 日本語 MISIA 

鱗(うろこ) 日本語 日本語 秦 基博 

奏(かなで) 日本語 日本語 スキマスイッチ 

手紙~拝啓 十五の君へ~ 日本語 日本語 アンジェラ・アキ 

Endless Story 日本語 日本語 Yuna Ito 

Chandelie 英語 英語 Sia 

美女と野獣 日本語 英語 

日本語 日本語 星野源 

河内おとこ節 日本語 日本語 中村美律子 

She Will Be Loved 英語 英語 Maroon 5 

乾杯 日本語 日本語 長渕剛 

Songbird 日本語 日本語 

月光 日本語 日本語 鬼束ちひろ 

My Heart Will Go On 英語 英語 Celine Dion 

Tomorrow is another day 日本語 日本語 ChouCho 

粉雪 日本語 日本語 レミオロメン 

軌跡 日本語 日本語 BanG Dream! より 

Best Friend 日本語 日本語 Kiroro

TT 日本語 韓国語 TWICE 

リンダ リンダ 日本語 日本語 ザ・ブルーハーツ 

アゲ アゲ EVERY☆騎士 日本語 日本語 DJ OZMA 

STORY 日本語 日本語 AI 

Saving All My Love For You 英語 英語 Whitney Houston 

Separate Ways 英語 英語 Journey 

You Give Love A Bad Name 英語 英語 Bon Jovi 

For You 日本語 日本語 高橋真梨子 

デンシンタマシイ 日本語 日本語 NARUTO THE MOVIE より

Yoü And I 英語 英語 Lady Gaga 

Paradise 日本語 日本語 FTISLAND 

楽園(Rakuen) 日本語 日本語 Do As Infinity

幸せなら手をたたこう 日本語 日本語 

祭り(MATSURI) 日本語 日本語 北島三郎 

365日の紙飛行機 日本語 日本語 AKB48 

秋桜 日本語 日本語 山口百恵 

真夜中のドア〜stay with me 日本語 日本語 松原みき 

猫(NEKO) 日本語 日本語 DISH// (北村匠海) 

Plastic Love 日本語 日本語 竹内まりや 

青い珊瑚礁 日本語 日本語 松田聖子 

未来へ 日本語 日本語 Kiroro 

雪の華 日本語 日本語 中島美嘉 

春よ、来い 日本語 日本語 任谷由実 

北酒場 日本語 日本語 細川たかし 

珊瑚海 中国語 中国語 周杰倫 

2nd most popular Japanese songs of all from the IRWS(The International Red-White Singing Festival).


For 10 years of experience of holding Int'l Red-White Singing Festival(IRWS), we have made a ranking of popular Japanese songs among Non-japanese by considering all applicants and selected performers and the auditions choice of locals in Cebu and Bali where IRWS was held.

2nd most popular Japaese songs for Non-Japanese by IRWS


2nd Zankoku na Tenshi no Te-ze“The Cruel Angel's Thesis”

Probably most Non-Japanese who live in Japan know this song since the majority of them are anime lovers.


ENGLISH “The Cruel Angel's Thesis”


2nd  糸 

"People are connected by a thread of fate"
Miyuki Nakajima's masterpiece, which has been covered by 120 singers, is often sung at weddings and other occasions. This song, which became the theme of the blockbuster movie, is very popular among foreigners living in Japan.

日本語 "Ito" (Tapestry)

ENGLISH "Ito" (Tapestry) by Rebecca Butler Watanabe


2位   恋するフォーチュンクッキー / AKB48     Koi Suru Fortune Cookie

AKB48's hit song became a boom all over Japan such as universities, companies, and administrative organizations due to the great success of video promotion.
Sister groups are singing not only in Japan but also in Jakarta, Bangkok, Manila, Shanghai, and Taipei. Former members of MNL48 (Manila) also participated in IRWS.

日本語 AKB48




Most popular Japanese songs of all, from the IRWS(The International Red-White Singing Festival).


For 10 years of experience of holding Int'l Red-White Singing Festival(IRWS), we have made a ranking of popular Japanese songs among Non-japanese by considering all applicants and selected performers and the auditions choice of locals in Cebu and Bali where IRWS was held.

Most popular Japanese songs for Non-Japanese by IRWS


1st  I Only Care About You - Teresa Teng

Teresa Teng, the most loved singer from Taiwan sang this song in Japanese and Chinese.

This song is very famous in Japan and also in Chiese spoken community





1st  First Love

Song of Hikaru Utada, talented Japanese singer raised in U.S.A is specially polular in Philippines and Indoneisa.


ENGLISH by Jessa Zaragoza



1st  Nada-soso

Many singers cover this song.Nada-soso which means Great Tears Are Spilling in Okinawa language.

Hayley Westenra sings the English version. She is one of the youngest UNICEF Ambassadors to date.

And she has sung in English, Māori, Irish, Welsh, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Latin, Japanese, Standard Mandarin Chinese, Catalan, and Taiwanese Hokkien

Keali'i Reichel, the most famous Hawaiian singer, sings the Hawaiian version of Nada-soso. 


ENGLISH by Hayley Westenra

HAWAIIAN Keali'i Reichel (Ka Nohona Pili Kai)


Let's practice Japanese karaoke at home with the JOYSOUND YouTube channel!

You can sing in the original Japanese

by following along with the Latin alphabet subtitles.


Learn & Grow together in Social Residence



(Halloween party)


(Residents come from all over the world)

If you feel lonely living alone,

or got a new job,

or want to change your lifestyle,

or want to make friends to share your dreams,

or want to practice the foreign language in daily life,

or make friends of the world,

or gave up studying abroad because of COVID-19

and want to secure privacy at a reasonable cost.

Oakhouse 'Social Residences' is the ideal place for you.


Furnished room at reasonable cost


Study room,


Theater room,


Training Gym and other convenient facilities 

Many people make new friends and partners in the social residence,

Others find business partners with whom they can work for a long time. 

Enjoy music,

and at 'Social Residence'  you can meet new people safely.


You can make Japanese friends easily and teach language to each other.


In Social Residence, there are many events hosted by residents themselves

Some residents serve their favorite dishes and some perform and enjoy music.

You can learn and grow together with other residents in a safe atmosphere.

Why don't you join us?

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