A Salutation from Chairman
The Jinjya historian's Association
Chairman Yoshitarou Sirayama
(professor of historiography)
I really appreciate that foundation of our new association which is called "The Jinjya historian's association.
A lot of historian have been studied about shitoism or shrines.
These studies ,for example," survey of Ichinomiya's" or survey of Shikidaisha's" These are exactly critical elements of investigations of the Shinto studies.
However,that is not only a mainstream of studies,but also one-sided of Shitoism.
There are approximately 80,000 shrines in Japan ,almost all of them have not been famous or important field of study.
I suppose that our new consciousness what importance what we have to give light upon small shrines and regional community.
In a certain meaning the nation is aggregate of regional community.That was not attracted attention very much, nevertheless that is a vital factor.
We will discovered what the origin of Faith and history of folklore.
Scholar and student who have common recognition of the study subject, hold a society for researches and investigations that is really purposeful.
There is various studing method in Shitou studies,for example,natural science , geography,sociology,archeology,literature,etc.
Fortunately,I have some experiences as a Sinto historian for more than 40years.
From the experiences of my study,I hit the following idea.
However new approaching method is required.As a matter of course. Interdisciplinary study essential matter,
But we have to restructure determination criteria that is based upon historiography.
On this day "The jinjya historian's association was established,by the scholars and students who had same ambitious.
Our purpose is to illuminate the way of development of shinto as a religion or bonds of communities .
We would like to arrives at the new horizon of the shinto Study, through the way of frankly discussion based upon intellectual investigations academic researches.