An Overview of Nagoya
Nagoya, Japan developed as the castle town of the Owari dynasty during the Edo period. Today, Nagoya is third largest city in the country, and its nearly 9,000,000 residents make the city the fourth most populous area in Japan. Nagoya’s geographical location in the center of Japan has allowed it to grow into a political and economical hub over the centuries. Many of Japan’s automotive producers are based out of Nagoya with several international companies (including Toyota’s Lexus brand) also calling the city home.
In addition to being a technological center, Nagoya’s rich history has kept the city as a cultural heritage capital. Many art museums, traditional Noh and Kabuki preforming arts theaters, and traditional festivals bring many local and international admirers to the city. Nagoya even has it’s own dialect of Japanese with unique pronunciation and vocabulary called Nagoya-ben – a mixture of standard Japanese and the southern Osakan dialect.
Religion in Nagoya
Nagoya claims to be 84% Shinto and Buddhist. Unlike a monotheistic religion, Shinto and Buddhism typically do not require professing faith to be a believer or a practitioner. Many Japanese use these two systems interchangeably for religious traditions. Quite a few of Japan’s traditions relate back to the Shinto beliefs of ritualistic purification. The Atsuta Shrine, Nagoya’s most notable Shinto temple, is dedicated to worship of sun kami/goddess Amaterasu.