An Introduction to Japanese Shinto with Dr. Gavin Campbell

An Introduction to Japanese Shinto with Dr. Gavin Campbell


No events are scheduled at this time. Want to be notified when it’s back? Click the blue button to the right and we’ll notify you.

Can't make this time? A video recording will be sent to all participants after the seminar.

Shinto is a religious ideology, born in small villages in Japan from an appreciation of the natural world.  This conversation provides a broad overview of its unique history, practices, and its place in contemporary Japan. 

Since ancient times Shinto has played a vital role in the spiritual and cultural life of the Japanese people. Our discussion begins by exploring the history of Shinto, from its ancient roots to its complex, evolving relationship with Buddhism, and its role in Japan’s twentieth-century imperial aggression. We then turn to contemporary Shinto, exploring how it has adapted to modern spiritual needs. Finally, we look into the daily workings of a Shinto shrine, the proper way to visit, and the meaning of what you will see, hear and experience there. 

Led by an expert on Japanese history, culture, and religion, Gavin James Campbell, this Conversation will reveal the broad contours of Japan’s ancient faith. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for the richness of Japanese Shinto.

Gavin received a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and came to Kyoto in 2001. He is a Ph.D. professor of history at Doshisha University. His teaching and research revolve around Japan's cultural encounters with the West, particularly during the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods (1600-1940), and he has published on the history of foreign tourism and of Protestant missionaries in Japan. To further explore Japan's global cultural encounters, he is currently writing a book on the history of Japanese menswear from the 1600s through the early 20th century. He is also an expert on Kyoto geisha culture and a frequent participant in geisha entertainment.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
100%
(6)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
D
D.B. (Pasadena, US)
Japanese Shintoism

I missed the talk but look forward to the video. Dr. Campbell is always superb.

J
J.M.C. (Philadelphia, US)
Introduction to Japanese Shinto

A very informative seminar about a fascinating and complex topic

L
Larry Pelter (Lincoln, US)
Learning about Shinto

I enjoyed very much Dr Campbell's introduction to Japanese Shinto. I wish that I had had heard this lecture before I traveled to Japan in 2016. i visited several Shinto Shrines during that trip. The information that Dr Campbell presented in this lecture would have made my experience at the Shrines much more interesting and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to more lectures on Japanese culture by Dr. Campbell.

D
D.F.W. (Los Angeles, US)
Amazing Presentation

Gavin Campbell presented a thorough discussion of Shinto and its impact on the lives of the Japanese. The visuals were beautiful.

M
M.h.
Shinto 101

A very thorough and informative survey of Shinto as an important Japanese cultural phenomenon.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
100%
(6)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
D
D.B. (Pasadena, US)
Japanese Shintoism

I missed the talk but look forward to the video. Dr. Campbell is always superb.

J
J.M.C. (Philadelphia, US)
Introduction to Japanese Shinto

A very informative seminar about a fascinating and complex topic

L
Larry Pelter (Lincoln, US)
Learning about Shinto

I enjoyed very much Dr Campbell's introduction to Japanese Shinto. I wish that I had had heard this lecture before I traveled to Japan in 2016. i visited several Shinto Shrines during that trip. The information that Dr Campbell presented in this lecture would have made my experience at the Shrines much more interesting and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to more lectures on Japanese culture by Dr. Campbell.

D
D.F.W. (Los Angeles, US)
Amazing Presentation

Gavin Campbell presented a thorough discussion of Shinto and its impact on the lives of the Japanese. The visuals were beautiful.

M
M.h.
Shinto 101

A very thorough and informative survey of Shinto as an important Japanese cultural phenomenon.