Shintoism is an ancient religion of Japan that continues to guide the Japanese way of life today. Shinto gods or spirits take form in things and concepts important to life— such as the wind, rain, mountains, rivers and fertility. There is a focus on living harmoniously with all spirits throughout nature. Over 80,000 Shinto shrines fill the country to house each spirit and serve as a place to worship them. Many of these shrines are connected to Buddhist temples and together they have created a shrine'ing example of the strong Shinto-Buddhist relationship that has formed throughout the country.
Temples and shrines are sacred places to step out of the “ordinary” world and deepen the connection with the spirits from the natural world.
Japan kimo’nos the importance of preserving a culture that remains closely connected with nature…
And Traveler Heidi wanted to extend that connection to you too.
Here’s to letting Japan's unique culture shrine through and to feeling good—because after all, it's Friday!
-Jack & Alley, Co-Founders
PS. Plus a few more fabric finds to rise and shrine to this beautiful Friday morning...
Photos: Scenes of Kyoto, Japan by Traveler Madoka Weldon.
The beauty of Nepal will take your breath away.
However, lack of proper waste management in Nepal is beginning to degrade some of that beauty. In many places, around 70% of waste is dumped in rivers or burned on the side of the road. This has contributed to pollution and disease in Nepal’s communities.
It is Taylor’s mission to change that.
The Middle East is known for its ancient history, vast deserts, and religious roots.
From being caught in the pyramid-dle of history in Cairo, to taking in the Israeli great views of Jerusalem, to resting on the Abu’ndant sands of Abu Dhabi.
It’s been 8 years since the idea for Taaluma Totes was born while on a life-changing trip to Uganda.
Since then, we’ve been able to fund 41 microloans for small business owners living in Uganda.
From Moses, a 24-year-old coffee farmer who used his loan to buy mulch.