Why Shinto Shrines Are Abandoning Their Controversial Association

Unseen Japan
6 min readApr 17, 2024

Since 1969, the Association of Shinto Shrines has overseen most shrines in Japan. But ongoing controversies are driving some away.

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By Francesca Annio

Shinto, Japan’s native faith, speaks to the soul of its people. But it’s not without its share of controversy. From lively matsuri celebrations to unfortunate remarks, Shinto…