What is Shinto?
Sponsored by the Florida Kyudo Kai | Talk by Taishi Kato

Taishi Kato (加藤大志)

DATE  Saturday, December 9, 2017
TIME   1:30pm
LOCATION   Morikami Theater
PRICE   FREE with paid museum admission

No reservations. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, at a first come, first served basis.

Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.



Taishi Kato (加藤大志)

There will be a lecture & a blessing by visiting Shinto priest Taishi Kota and an archery demonstration by Florida Kyudo Kai.

Shinto is said to be the source of Japanese culture — But, why is it a mystery? Taishi Kato, known under his priest title Taishi Gon-Negi, shares his view of Shinto by shedding light on how the characteristics of Japanese culture such as “cleaning”, “harmony” and “perspectives on nature” are rooted in Shinto. Taishi Gon-Negi will perform a Shinto blessing after the lecture, followed by the Florida Kyudo Kai, a Japanese archery group, demonstrating an archery ceremony called taihai.

Taishi Kato is a licensed Shinto priest from Hattoriten jingu in Osaka Japan. He was born as the eldest son of a multi-generational family serving their 1000-year-old Shinto shrine. He graduated with a Masters of Arts in Religions of Asia and Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) from the University of London. He is committed to introducing his native Japanese religion of Shinto to people all around the world.

For more information on Taishi Kato’s shrine (Hattoriten jingu) in Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan visit their webpages:
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Florida Kyudo Kai

The Florida Kyudo Kai was established in 1998 to facilitate the practice of the Japanese martial art of archery in Florida. The Florida Kyudo Kai operates under the auspices of the South Carolina Kyudo Renmei as their main root of instruction and are members of the International Kyudo Federation (IKYF) of Japan.


For more information on Florida Kyudo Kai: website