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Jinja Honcho, Japan

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Princess Michael of Kent, Rev Katsuji Iwahashi, Shinto priest and chief of the International Section of Jinja Honcho (the Association of Shinto Shrines) in Japan, and Rev Yuko Ishii, Shinto priest at a ceremony in Assisi, Italy, marking Jinja Honcho becoming a founder member of the Green Pilgrimage Network.

The Association of Shinto Shrines of Japan

Rev Katsuji Iwahashi Chief of International Section, Jinjia Honcho, addressing the Sacred Land conference of the Green Pilgrimage Network in Assisi, Italy 2011.
A founding member of the Green Pilgrimage Network

Jinja Honcho is one of nine cities and 22 different organisations and faiths that joined as founding members of the Green Pilgrimage Network, launched at Assisi, Italy, during ARC's Sacred Land Celebration, October 31-Nov 2, 2011. The founder members from Jinja Honcho are:

Jinja Honcho, the Association of Shinto shrines in Japan, responsible for around 80,000 shrines including many in forests that are the dwelling places of kami deities, is one of the founder members of the Green Pilgrimage Network, launched in November 2011.
  • Jinja Honcho, the Association of Shinto Shrines of Japan
  • Jinja Honcho, the Association of Shinto Shrines of Japan, has eighty thousand shrines, many in sacred forests. The main focus of their commitment today is in the preservation of the sacred woods and forests, and respect to the sacred mountains that pilgrims visit on their way to the main shrines.

    In 2014 the Jinja Honcho will host an international meeting at the Grand Shrines of Ise on religion and conservation -focusing on forests. Jinja Honcho is also working to support the protection of sacred forests and mountains worldwide, working with ARC and many faith groups to ensure that these ancient forests – so vital for conservation – are protected and managed well.

    Useful links

    Download the full Green Pilgrimage Network handbook here

    Visit the Jinja Honcho website here

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