In ‘non-religious’ Japan, the shrine can still exert a pull


………… It’s a common refrain at Japan’s more than 80,000 shrines and temples. Yet evidence of an instinctive spirituality that infuses daily life can be spotted across the country, from the small shrines tucked behind busy Tokyo streets to the sacred grounds that dot rural byways.

A survey published earlier this year by Gallup International and the Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research found that Japan is among the world’s least religious countries. Sixty-two percent of respondents identified themselves as either not religious or atheist, placing the country behind only China and Hong Kong in Asia.

Japan Shrine

Japan is one of the world’s least religious countries, yet number of young people visiting religious sites at pivotal moments in their lives is on rise.

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