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Why Are the Japanese Non-Religious?: Japanese Spirituality: Being Non-Religious in a Religious Culture
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However, I give this English translation 4 stars because, in his lecture in Tokyo in 1998, the author himself used an English word "spontanenous religion" rather than "natural religion", a key word used in the book translated into English by his son, to refer to a type of "religion" that came out spontaneously without any founder, as is the Japanese ancestoral practice. The term "natural religion", in my view, can be misleading, as it can mean a kind of religion that worships the nature such as mountains, the sea, and so on.
Furthermore, the author's view on that question was updated in his lecture that is contained in a Japanese book entitled, "Tami to Kami to Kamigami to" that was published by Kansei Gakuin Daigaku Shuppankai (Kansei Gakuin University Publications), 2004. I hope that the author and the translator will reflect these points in a revised edition of this book in English, if possible.
Having been to Japan myself, it is a common stereotype that all US citizens are Christian and this influences the way that they think about us. Yet many US citizens don't seem to take religion into account when thinking of the Japanese, or if they do they only think of perhaps the bits of Shinto that they have seen in anime or samurai movies. This book will help give some realistic insight into the culture and how religion/spirituality and culture are bound together to define what being "Japanese" means.