Religious and Cultural Education Efforts
One can learn about religious culture not only in religious institutions, but also simply by walking in the streets of the city. Museums too are an excellent place to learn about religious history and culture. In Japan, there are over 5,000 museums. Many of these deal with history, and many also focus on religion in particular. One can sense the depth of the religious culture of Japan by looking at figures of kami and Buddhas, or ritual implements, or religious works of art. These things have been passed down for generations, and their power transcends the passage of time.
We hope to provide a museum experience where a teacher can search for an example to use while teaching class; where foreign visitors can learn about the history of how religious iconography and art functioned in the lives of the Japanese people; and where members of the general public and specialists alike can deepen their knowledge of Japanese culture.