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Shinto: The Way of the Gods

Shinto: The Way of the Gods

When dining out, the atmosphere of the restaurant sets the tone for your entire experience. Are you looking for an establishment that offers an elegant and charming place to celebrate a birthday, holiday, or another big event? Or maybe you just want a sophisticated place to enjoy a meal with your sweetheart or dine on some delicious sushi. If so, Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge should be your first choice in the Chicago area. We’ve named our restaurant after the ancient Japanese religion and way of life known as Shinto, and our respect for its principles helps us create an elevated dining experience.

What is Shinto?

Shinto, or The Way of the Gods, is a religious practice that dates back to 400 B.C. Japan is still dotted with shrines to the Kami, or gods of Shinto. Kami are spirits believed to inhabit natural areas and objects. Angering these gods can interfere greatly with a peaceful life. Practicing Shinto, therefore, means acting in accordance with the wishes of the Kami by being careful in everyday actions. Shinto practice places great importance in nature, purity and tranquility. You don’t have to be a member of the religious group to admire and follow this philosophical path.

Shinto practice places great importance in nature, purity and tranquility.

How is Shintoism Linked to Buddhism?

While Shintoism is Japan’s oldest indigenous religion, Buddhism is nearly as old and intertwines with Shinto practices in many ways. For example, most people who visit the shrines still have a Buddhist traditional funeral when they pass away. The focus on inner peace and a lack of attachment that is the core of Buddhist practice works well with Shintoism and its focus on sincerity and order, creating a complete religious practice that informs a lot of both ancient and modern Japanese culture. Even the dishes we eat today are influenced by the concepts of Shintoism and Buddhism.

How is Shintoism Integrated Into the Restaurant?

Here at Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge, we draw from the rich history and tradition of our namesake when preparing to serve customers each day. Our management team carefully hires staff members who care about our guests, ensuring everyone receives personal attention and a great experience when they dine out with us. We focus on ongoing training as a team to make sure the service experience remains consistent. We’ve also drawn inspiration from the majestic shrines of Japan when designing our dining areas. Peaceful details and luxurious materials combine to create both public and private areas for hosting gatherings of any size. Rent a private dining room for a party to make sure everyone has space for chatting and socializing after the meal.

Ready to experience the difference of a dining experience inspired by a philosophy? Visit us to sample some of the best sushi and classic Japanese steakhouse dishes in a welcoming and authentic atmosphere.

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