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Bushido Festival Event Planning Query/Survey [Aug. 15th, 2008|11:42 am]
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My name is John Hidalgo and I am in the preliminary stages of planning a new event which will focus on Japanese martial arts and culture. I am writing various people (martial arts schools, martial artists, Japanese culture related businesses and organizations, etc; mostly in the Austin area) who might either be interested in participating or who might be able to provide input that will help shape the event. Below is an overview of the event and questions related to the various aspects of the event. If you would be willing to provide any input it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to be removed from any further communications about this event, please let me know and I will do so. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

John Hidalgo

The event will effectively be a Bushido festival. Though, the focus will be primarily Japanese martial arts, it will also encompass Japanese visual and performing arts, religion and culture.

Charitable Cause
One of the things that is being considered is to have the event benefit a charity. If that direction is taken the first choice would be the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America (www.tsubakishrine.com). The Tsubaki Shrine is the only full time active Shinto shrine in North America. If that is not workable we would be open ot other chartiable causes.

Spring 2010

Currently under consideration is the Austin Convention Convention Center and the AT&T Conference Center. In the future, other venues may also be considered.

This will be a convention type event and may include demonstrations, classes, movie screenings, and vendor area.

1) From an event that bills itself as a Bushido festival, what sort of things would you expect to see and do?

2) If there was a vendor area, what sort of vendors would you want to see?

3) If there was a movie screening area, what movies do you think would be appropriate? What movies would you like to see?

4) What demonstrations or classes (martial arts or otherwise) would you like to see? How long do you think these demonstrations and classes should be? Is there anyone in particular you would want to see giving those presentations?

5) For an event that includes demonstrations, classes, a movie area and a vendors area, what would you be be willing to pay.

6) If you were to be a vendor, what would you be willing to pay for a 10' x 10' space?

7) If you were to place an ad in the event program or have banner advertizing at the event, what would you be willing to spend on these things?

8) If you were to provide a class or demonstration at the event, what, if anything, would you expect in return?

9) would you be interested in participating in such an event and, if so, in what capacity?

10) Do you have any other ideas, questions or concerns about this event?
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Did anyone see this last night? [Dec. 24th, 2007|08:38 am]
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Did any one see this program on CBS last night?:

In God's Name

The interviewed 12 different religious leaders from different religions. It was really fascinating. They had the Dalai Lama, the Pope, the head of the Grand Ise Shrine (Shinto) a Hindu religious leader, a cheif Rabbi and a couple of differnt Muslim and Christian leaders. I just happened to stumble on it last night. If I could find a place to order it online, I would.

Any body else catch it?
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New Exploring Paths Community [Dec. 24th, 2007|07:34 am]
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Hello Everyone,

I have started a new community called exploringpaths

This community is for those for whom existing religions do not quite fit and are looking for new paths to explore spirituality. Whether you come from an existing path (Christianity, Paganism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, Judaism, Islam, etc.) or no path at all (atheism or agnosticism), all are welcomed.

I am not sure exactly in which direction this community will go, but I hope it will be interesting and thought provoking.

To the moderator: if this post is not allowed by the community rules, please feel to delete it and please accept my sincere apologies if this should cause any trouble.

Take care,
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Assistance Request: Preparing for a Shinto Presentation in a couple of weeks [Oct. 20th, 2007|01:29 pm]
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Hello All,

I hope you can help me out. In a couple of weeks I will be giving a presentation on Shinto to a Unitarian church in Temple, Texas. I have done a few of these and have a general outline I have previously used. I am looking to update and improve that presentation. So, what I am asking for is your input. Imagine that you were going into such a presentation not knowing anything about Shinto. What things would you want to know? What questions might you have? What would you want to come away with after such a presentation?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Take care,
John Hidalgo
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Texas Shinto Study Group Announcement: Rev. Patricia Ormsby Visit [Jun. 12th, 2007|01:57 pm]
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Texas Shinto Study Group Announcement

Rev. Patricia Ormsby

Rev. Patricia Ormsby Visit

Saturday 1:00 PM, June 23rd, 2007

Japanese Garden at Fort Worth Botanical Garden

On Saturday June 23rd at 1:00 PM, Rev. Patricia Ormsby of the Kompira Jinja in Takao will be visiting us at the Japanese Garden at Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. It is a very rare occasion that we have a Shinto priestess come to visit us in Texas so I encourage everyone to make a special effort to come to this get together. This will be an informal social event where you can ask Rev. Ormsby questions about Shinto and her experiences as a Shinto priestess. Most likely we will be going to an early dinner after visiting the garden. If you plan to attend, please let us know as the Japanese Garden is a big place and we don't want to miss you. If there are any questions or to let us know that you will be attending, please free to contact us.

Contact Information:

Web Site: www.texasshinto.org

Point of Contact: John Hidalgo

Phone: (512) 656-2836

E-mail: oniyama@texas.net.

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2007 Tsubaki Daihongu Omairi Report [Jun. 7th, 2007|06:49 pm]
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Tsubaki Daihongu

2007 Tsubaki Daihongu Omairi Report
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こどもの日 (Kodomo no Hi) Report and Pictures [May. 7th, 2007|05:25 pm]
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So Saturday was こどもの日 (Kodomo no Hi) which in Japan is Boy's Day. (For more see Kodomo no Hi article on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodomo_no_hi.)

I celebrated this with my nephews, Forest (age 13) and Daniel (age 6). This was the first time we have ever done Boy's Day. While I have nothing else to compare our Boy's day to, we had fun so I would call it a success.

(Funny point: in some of the photos we told them to look serious like a samurai. Daniel seem to take this to heart. It is amusing to see such a little boy trying to look so tough.)

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My hope is that with the Texas Shinto Study group we can expand upon for next year's Hina Matsuri/Girl's Day (March 3rd) and Kodomo no Hi/Boy's Day (May 5th).
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Looking for Shinto Themed Movies [May. 1st, 2007|10:47 am]
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I am looking for movies that reflect Shinto ideals and concepts? I am looking at having a Shinto themed lethargaton when I get back from Japan, so I am looking for good movie ideas.

Here is what has been suggested on the Texas Shinto list:

Pom Poco
Spirited Away
Princess Mononoke
My Neighor Totoro

Any other recommendations?

Take care,
John Hidalgo
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Kimono Dinner Party April 21st Hosted by the Texas Shinto Study Group [Apr. 1st, 2007|08:56 am]
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Kimono Dinner Party
Hosted by the Texas Shinto Study Group
Saturday, April 21st, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Origami Japanese Restaurant in Round Rock, Texas

The Texas Shinto Study Group will be hosting a Kimono Dinner Party at Origami Japanese Restaurant on April 21st, 2007 at 7:00 PM. While there will be a short meeting about Shinto in Texas, this is primarily a social get together.

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Repost: Daishizen Makoto Bushi Budo Taisai Fund Raiser and Membership Drive for Tsubaki Grand Shrine [Mar. 3rd, 2007|08:26 am]
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Daishizen Makoto Bushi Budo Taisai
Stick Fighting Workshop with Ty Yocham, Brendan Hussey and John Hidalgo
Fund Raiser and Membership Drive for Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America
Saturday, March 17th, 2007 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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