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By Brian Bocking

A entire word list and reference paintings with greater than one thousand entries on Shinto starting from short definitions and eastern phrases to brief essays facing elements of Shinto perform, trust and associations from early instances as much as the current day.

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See also kokumin girei. Fukko-Shintō ‘Return to antiquity’ Shintō. A name, more or less synonymous with kokugaku, given to the academic school of Japanese philology which developed during the mid-Tokugawa period into the wider kokugaku movement. The name fukko reflects that of the Confucian fukko-gaku (or ko-gaku, ancient learning) movement of the Sung dynasty in China whose scholars looked back to the golden age of Confucius. Initially it sought an understanding of ‘Japanese’ origins through the academic study of ancient Japanese texts.

The dictionary is divided into categories such as educational success (gōkaku), road safety (kōtsū anzen), health, business prospects, fertility and so forth, listing shrines and temples to visit by region. Reflecting the near-100% literacy rate in Japan and the need for shrines to bring their specialities to the attention of potential vistors, most larger shrines also offer printed guides for those wishing to know more about the history, mythology and special characteristics of the site, as well as advertising in magazines, railway timetables and other appropriate media.

See heihaku. A kinpei is a ‘golden’ gohei. Goi, Masahisa See Byakkō Shinkōkai. Gōkaku Educational success. One of the riyaku (benefits) most likely to be offered by temples and shrines and petitioned for by pre-university students in contemporary Japan, where employability and life prospects are, and are firmly believed to be, closely linked to academic achievement at school. O-mamori and o-fuda for educational success may be obtained, ema inscribed and prayers addressed to the kami, particularly Tenjin who is the patron kami of scholarship.

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