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Friday, April 1 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Shinto: The Way of the Kami

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Japan's sacred belief is a mess of borrows gods, syncretic practices, and plenty of wheels. And it takes a lot of time to decode and understand. This panel explores the notion of the Kami, those local beings that have led to Japan being called the Land of 1000 Gods, their origins, and their evolution through history. Also included- shrines, temples, festivals, and the experience of interacting with the mystical world in places of sacred power.

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Charles Dunbar

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Cultural Presenter
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe... Read More →

Julia Klag

Featured Panelist, Doomtastic
We are a group of otaku that enjoy going to conventions. In fact, it's become quite a hobby for us. We are located centrally in Baltimore and attend many of the local conventions.

Friday April 1, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]