Have you ever wanted to witness ceremonies and festivals maintained for over a thousand years, to see a magnificent shrine built centuries ago, or to learn about these rites and buildings without ever leaving your home?
Well, look no further!
This website is the result of an on-going, student-driven project on Japanese religions and religiousness. It is by students, for students.
What you see here are pictures and videos taken by 6 Ball State students and their professor during a two-week trip to Japan in July 2010. You can also read about the histories of, and student experiences with, some of the dozens of shrines, temples, and festivals we saw. For those who are looking for more, join us in Second Life for a e-Learning experience. We built a Shinto shrine and Buddhist temple that you can (virtually) visit any time from anywhere in the world--for free!
During the Fall semester of 2010 a second group of students worked to improve the website and enhance its content including that found on the religions, glossary, and resources pages.
Experience what we have experienced, see what we have seen, come inside and explore a culture of honor and tradition.
Knowledge is but a click away.
Photos by: Tayln Cox
Ball State University Immersive Learning
Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Click on the video above to get a taste of what