Shinto ("the way of the Kami") is the name of the formal state religion of Japan that was first used in the 6th century C.E., although the roots of the religion go back to at least the 6th century B.C.E. Shinto has no founder, no official sacred texts, and no formalized system of doctrine. Shinto has been formative in developing uniquely Japanese attitudes and sensitivities, creating a distinct Japanese consciousness.
Excellent articles on Shintoism: "What is Shinto" - "Shinto Symbols" - in March 1966 Issue of "Contemporary Religions in Japan", Quarterly Journal. Also "Reminiscences of Religion in Post War Japan", (Continued) For sale by ProfessorBooknoodle on Etsy, $20.00