Shintoism is an ancient religion of Japan that continues to guide the Japanese way of life today. Shinto gods or spirits take form in things and concepts important to life— such as the wind, rain, mountains, rivers and fertility. There is a focus on living harmoniously with all spirits throughout nature. Over 80,000 Shinto shrines fill the country to house each spirit and serve as a place to worship them. Many of these shrines are connected to Buddhist temples and together they have created a shrine'ing example of the strong Shinto-Buddhist relationship that has formed throughout the country.
Temples and shrines are sacred places to step out of the “ordinary” world and deepen the connection with the spirits from the natural world.
Japan kimo’nos the importance of preserving a culture that remains closely connected with nature…
And Traveler Heidi wanted to extend that connection to you too.
Here’s to letting Japan's unique culture shrine through and to feeling good—because after all, it's Friday!
-Jack & Alley, Co-Founders
PS. Plus a few more fabric finds to rise and shrine to this beautiful Friday morning...
Photos: Scenes of Kyoto, Japan by Traveler Madoka Weldon.
Hey Toters, what’s Athen-in’?
Back in 2019, travelers Eileen and Lesley visited Athens, Greece. They loved it so much that they wanted to encourage you to visit “the city of the violet crown” someday too. If you ever get the chance to go to Athens,
…you Odyssey the Porch of the Caryatids on the north side of the Acropolis
Traveler Tim Gibson loves seeing new parts of the world. His latest ventures took him to the southwest of France.
From visiting his nephew high in the Pyrenees, to enjoying the glorious mountain views of the region, and to partaking in the spectacular French cuisine.
"Singapore is a country where old and new exist side-by-side.
From walking downtown through the streets lined with gleaming skyscrapers, to stumbling upon temples that are over a hundred years old, and to discovering a carefully preserved city block of traditional shop-fronts that date back to colonial days.