近畿地方

「 Kinki-chihō Region 」

Artist: Kory Yueh

Author: Kory Yueh

one. The Kansai-chihō (also known as the Kinki-chihō) region of southwestern Japan is the historical root of an ancient religion known as Shintoism. Native to Japan, the faith of Shintoism is a lifestyle, combining animism with Buddhist tenets. Unlike many other religions in the world, it provides a divine ordain for the family of the Emperor of Japan: stipulating that the emperor is a descendant of Amaterasu, the sun goddess of the Shinto pantheon. Unlike many other gods like Apollo and Ra who are representations of the sun in ancient Greek & Roman pantheons—Amaterasu stands as a contrast for her reverence as a sun goddess with greater influence than other kami

one. With a wide variety of temples and shrines dedicated to various kami (a term that broadly means deity or spirit), the Kansai region holds great significance to Shintoism. Featuring the ancient capitals of Nara and Kyoto, its cultural influence has persisted over a thousand years. The map merges two major components to the relationship between religion and their everyday lifestyle: the proximity of major shrines and cultural sites, along with the Shinkansen bullet train. The public transportation system is a vital resource for many Japanese citizens on a daily basis and the bullet train is no different—carrying passengers across Japan at a speed of over 200 miles per hour. 

one. As a result, the country of Japan holds a unique trait for its ability to merge two worlds: it’s traditional past with the innovations of the present and future.