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I am a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I study Shinto and the history of Japanese religion with the amazing Shinto scholar Dr. Fabio Rambelli.


I have always been fascinated by cultures and mythologies from around the world, especially Japanese folklore. Shinto is often described as the ancient, indigenous religion of Japan. This definition made me wonder:  what does Shinto look like today and tomorrow? The answer: GLOBAL! DIGITAL!


That's why I started the Digital Shinto Project--to explore how Shinto communities around the world are using technology and digital media are to learn, share, and grow.


Kaitlyn Ugoretz

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