"Shinto" means "the way of the gods".
It is the Japanese religion from the ancient times, centering on the ideas of Japanese intimacy with nature and ancestor worship.
All things on earth were created and ruled over by the gods who reside throughout all nature.
Mountains, trees, rocks and rivers often become objects of worship.
Shinto constitutes the foundation of the sensibility of the Japanese people.
But most present-day Japanese people feel their cultural identity through it.
Shinto has supported the Emperor system in a religious sense, and even now its ancient customary practices remain as the religion of the Imperial Family.