Japan Foundation Los Angeles Lecture & Demonstration
SPIRIT OF JAPAN: “SHINTO & GAGAKU” –Japanese Traditional Religion and Music–
Monday, November 18, 2019, 7-8:30pm
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Shinto is a religion indigenous to Japan, which does not have a founder, dogmas or a holy scripture. However, it has been kept as a part of Japanese life (custom) for more than a few thousand years. For example, millions of people visit Meiji Jingu Shinto shrine in Tokyo every New Year’s to pray.
Shinto priests from Meiji Jingu will come to Los Angeles and give an introductory talk about Shinto. The concept of their relationship with nature as seen by the forest surrounding Meiji Jingu, and the connection it has with the Japanese people in everyday life.
Gagaku –traditional music- has an important role at Shinto ritual ceremonies. Slow and mellow music will lead you to feel Japanese culture rooted into the ancient times of the country.