TITLE

There’s a God for That

SUBTITLE

Optimism in the Face of Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Meltdowns

AUTHOR

Joseph Honton

PUBLISHER

Frankalmoigne, Sebastopol

GENRE

Narrative nonfiction

BOOKSTORE SUBJECTS

TRAVEL / Asia / Japan

RELIGION / Shintoism

POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace

CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION

1. Japan – Religious life and customs

2. Earthquakes – Japan

3. Tsunamis – Japan

4. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (Japan) Accidents

5. Antinuclear movement

6. Ghost stories, Japanese

NOVELIST APPEAL

STORYLINE: Issue-oriented

PACE: Relaxed

TONE: Moving; Reflective

WRITING: Lyrical; Thoughtful; Richly detailed; Stylistically complex

PAGES / WORDS

xvi, 168pp, glossary

40,000 words

MAPS / ILLUSTRATIONS

12 maps, 2 line drawings

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CONTROL NUMBER

2012940666

ISBN

978-0-9856423-0-3 (hardcover)

978-0-9856423-1-0 (pbk.)

978-0-9856423-2-7 (eBook)

978-0-9856423-3-4 (Kindle)

PRICE

US $28.00 (hardcover)

US $16.00 (pbk.)

US $11.99 (eBook)

US $9.99 (Kindle)

AVAILABLE FROM

Wholesale: Ingram

Retail: Frankalmoigne

PUBLICATION DATE

October 2012

There's a god for that

abode of kami. A well-known example of this is Mount Fuji. The Japanese believe that the mountain itself is the sacred body of the kami Konohana-no-sakuya-hime. This type of kami is also believed to reside in certain trees or rocks. I do not know the name of the kami that inhabits this place, but I feel its presence.

Up and down the valley, priests and monks and lay people have – for centuries – built temples and shrines to the gods that inhabit this land. Without a map or a guidebook or even a brochure to point these out, I leave to chance the discovery of these ancient places of worship. And over the course of the next few hours, as each shrine is revealed, I allow the spirits of earth and rock and air to awaken my own spirit. As I walk the untrodden paths to forgotten shrines, I walk in the very footsteps of generations past; as I ascend the cut-rock stairs to temples, I ascend to heavenly grace; as I breathe in scented pines and cedars, I breathe in the blessings of the gods.

The grace and blessings of Iwami Ginzan are like a warm greeting from someone in your forgotten past, someone who smiles in a way that lets you know they approve of the changes that have occurred since you last met.

Perhaps this greeting is easy for me to feel because I am now open to receiving it. There are few other visitors today, and those whom I pass are not in large groups. There is one young couple on bikes, one family walking, a pair of older visitors, and a lone traveler lost in meditation.

And there are the omnipresent gods.

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