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Shinto is Japan's indigenous religion, which is still practiced today. It is a set of practices that connects Japan to its ancient roots and to nature. Many Shinto traditions, such as festivals and shrine visits, are a part of Japanese culture, and are observed even by people of other religions, or those with no religion. Therefore, when The Japanese House came to Boston, Shinto played an important role. A total of five Shinto ceremonies were held for the House, to ensure that it will always keep the essence of Japan.