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I will never go to this festival again. Dangerous!

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Why is a Shinto mikoshi being carried to a Buddhist temple? I know that Asakusa Shrine is right next door to Senso-ji Temple, but someone seems to be mixing up their religions. Good thing I'm atheist and don't have to worry about such superstitious rituals.

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YeahRightToday  11:21 am JST

Why is a Shinto mikoshi being carried to a Buddhist temple? I know that Asakusa Shrine is right next door to Senso-ji Temple, but someone seems to be mixing up their religions. Good thing I'm atheist and don't have to worry about such superstitious rituals.

I guess because during a long period of Japanese history the 2 religions sort of mixed together in a synchretism called Shinbutsu-shūgō (神佛習合).

This is only at the time of Meiji with the rise of nationalism that the 2 religions became clearly separated again, Shintoism becoming a tool of nationalism.

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I bet there were tons of onlookers wearing masks.

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YeahRight:

Why is a Shinto mikoshi being carried to a Buddhist temple? I know that Asakusa Shrine is right next door to Senso-ji Temple, but someone seems to be mixing up their religions. Good thing I'm atheist and don't have to worry about such superstitious rituals.

As far as Japanese people are concerned, their religion includes Shinto and Buddhist sects, which are parts of one religion. If you have not realized this, you are still an outsider without a clue about what Japan is. Furthermore, these Japanese people, who participate in festivals and pray at shrines or temples, do not think they are religious. If you ask them if they are atheists, they will probably say 'yes.' Welcome to Japan!

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