Previous Essay Competitions
The ISSA organizes the Shinto Essay Competition in English. To inquire more about the Essay Competition, please contact the Tokyo Headquaters.
2012 English Essay Competition
We did not hold the Essay Competiton in 2012.
2011 English Essay Competition
7 contributors (from USA, Czech Republic, Canada, Holland, Slovakia, and 2 from India) participated the Shinto Essay Competition 2011. Their essays were carefully read and evaluated by 8 jurors of different nationalities from Congo, Germany, England, Japan, New Zealand and Norway who are distinguished scholars in Japanese cultural studies. We are pleased to announce the results of their judgments as follows. All of the winning essays will be published by the Shinto Kokusai Gakkai.
2011 year’s Topics:
1, Anime and their Kami
2, Shrines and Trees
3, Shinto Sanctuaries
Prize winners of 2011
|First prize (US $1000)||Aike P. Rots (Holland) : “The Discourse on Chinju no Mori– Redefining Shinto and Shinto Sanctuaries in Contemporary Japan ”|
|Michael Zdan (Canada): “Shrines and their Trees – Pillar at the Heart of the Divine”|
|Thrid prize (US $300)||Matouš Vencálek (Czech Republic): “Shrines and Trees in the Occident, Adaptation of Jinja Shint? to the Western culture ”|
|Encouraging Award (US$100)||Joseph Baisch (USA): “Ise Grand Shrine: Architectural Purity and Ritual Renewal”|
Congratulations to the prize winners! We hope that all of the entrants will strive to in their study in Shinto and Japanese cultural values.
|2011||Aike P. Rots (Holland) : “The Discourse on Chinju no Mori –Redefining Shinto and Shinto Sanctuaries in Contemporary Japan ”|
|2009||Justin Humphreys (U.S.A.) ” Shinto and Environment “|
|2007||Katie Freund (University of Toronto, Canada) ” Violence and Sacrifice: The Role of the Heroic Victim in Greek and Japanese Mythology”|
|2006||Nicholas Van Sant (Brown University, Rhode Island, U.S.A.) ” A Tendentious Presentation of Details: Reviewing the Japanese Case in Maurice Block’s Prey into Hunter”|
|2005||Tatsuma Padoan (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy) “The Hybrid Power of the Kami Mandara ― Polythetic Classifications and Anthropological Perspectives on the Combinatory Religion of Medieval Japan”|
|2004||Tatsuma Padoan (University of Venice, Italy) “Shinto and Economy”|
|2003||Ngai, May-Ying Mary (University of British Columbia, Canada)
“Harmony and Purification: A Brief Note on Religious Elements Shared by Shinto and Taoism”
|2002||Baldin Marco (Italy)
“Susanoo no Mikoto and the killing of the great snake”
(University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A.)
“The Imperial Sponsorship of Shrines in the Heian Period: Rethinking the Narrative of Shinto Sudties”
|2000||Alexei Batchourine (Russia)
“The Shinto Concept of Kami”
“Amaterasu in Hiding : Shinto Mythology and Modern Concerns”
“From the Kojiki to Kamidana”