It started at least as long ago as 1000 B.C. but is still practiced today by at least five million people
There are no religious texts except for books on lore and history which provide background to their beliefs
- Amaterasu and Inari are the main gods with many other gods that have different roles.
When entering a shrine one must wash hands and mouths and carry a wood plaque with prayers on it. Once inside the worshiper offers food and water. Then you have to start by bowing twice clapping twice then bow once more to welcome the Kami.
- Daijōsai 大嘗祭. Great Food Festival.
- Dōsojin Matsuri 道祖神祭り. Japan's popular fire festivals.
- Harai 祓い. Purification ceremonies for cars, airplanes, etc.
- Hatsumode 初詣. New Year’s Shrine Visit.
- Jichinsai 地鎮祭. Groundbreaking ceremonies.
- Kekkonshiki 結婚式. Weddings.
- Miyamairi 宮参り. Christenings, Baptisms.
- National Holidays, Other Important Annual Events.
- Niinamesai 新嘗祭. Rice-Tasting Ceremony.
- Seijin-no-hi 成人の日. Adults Day or Coming of Age.
- Shichi-go-san 七五三. Seven-Five-Three celebration for children.
The symbols above is shintoism in Japanese and the first picture in the presentation is the main symbol.