THE SPIRIT OF JAPAN

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by Sean Michael Wilson
illustrated by Fumio Obata

ISBN 978 1 912634309

published by Liminall 11

SRP: £11.99

 

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by Sean Michael Wilson
illustrated by Fumio Obata

ISBN 978 1 912634309

published by Liminall 11

 


An introduction to the everyday magic found in Japanese rituals and spiritual practices.

Japan is sometimes called a ‘non-religious’ country, but this is only half-true, If we look closer, we find that ‘magic’ is very much a part of life in Japan!

Japan is alive with magical festivals, practices and rituals – from marking the liminal new year with the burning of last year’s possessions, to smiling at the rebirth of the sun and nature in spring festivals, to respecting the dead ancestors via giving them offerings while chasing away demons. Greeting new life, making offerings to the old and banishing demons with the hurl of a soybean are all examples of intriguing Japanese traditions.

Many of these cultural practices are seen as mundane or normal, but they each express something sublime and numinous. Japanese rituals perform a powerful role in helping people harmonise with nature, time, seasons, aging and death – bringing a bit of everyday magic into everyday lives.

The Spirit of Japan is an accessible introduction to Japanese spiritual practice, perfect for those who are curious about spirituality or Japanese culture and would like to know more.

“If we look past religion, we find that magical thinking, rituals and practice are very much a part of life in Japan.”

– Swan Michael Wilson

Distributed by David Westnedge Ltd., London.

 

 

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Date added to website

May 2021

Publisher

Liminall 11

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