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Neighborhood Shinto: Tokyo’s Ana-Hachiman Shrine

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One of the remarkable traits of the Japanese today is, in a  way similar to many Europeans, they tend to identify themselves as non-religious. This does not mean, of course, that they don’t have strongly held values that guide their lives and have been transmitted through tradition, families, and schools. It does mean, however, that a majority of the Japanese population has only weak ties to religious institutions.