Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Toyoashihara no Mizuho no Kuni
Text Land Where Abundant Rice Shoots Ripen Beautifully, a poetic name for the land of Japan. As opposed to heaven (Takama no Hara), the terrestrial regions are viewed as a world of imperfection, but salvation is promised through the protection and grace of the gods. Such names illustrate the Shinto belief, called kotodama, in the power of words.