A Shinto Response to the March 2011 Disasters in Japan

February 29, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room

Shinto is the indigenous spirituality of Japan, its beliefs and practices woven into the fabric of Japanese culture and society. Shinto shrines play diverse social roles in their respective communities throughout Japan. Following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Shinto shrines have played various roles in the relief and reconstruction efforts. Professor Kevin M. Doak presented a general overview of Shinto in the Japanese historical context, followed by Rev. Masafumi Nakanishi, who spoke specifically to the Shinto response to the 2011 disasters and performed a Shinto ritual in remembrance of the victims of March 2011. 
The panel discussion was jointly organized by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Georgetown Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; International Shinto Foundation; Japan Disaster Relief Committee; SFS Asian Studies Program; and the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

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