Shintoism and the Religion of Japan with Dr. James Rietvield


Fushimi Inari-taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of the kami Inari, located in Fushimi-kuKyotoKyoto PrefectureJapan.


Welcome back Listeners, and a Merry Isolation to you!

Its been a good minute since we last spoke at you, and we wanted to remedy that. So, we are using this dark moon to you some tasty ear food. On today’s slice we have: Rabbit Harems, Chaos Theory, Anime references and so much more! We are blessed to have been able to record our very favorite Dr. James Rietveld on his lecture for Shintoism, the Religion of Japan! He covers a lot, so we wont keep you.

Cowabunga, my dudes! ♥


shinto lecture

Lecture banner by Terri Kennedy of Ipso Facto

Shintoism And The Religion of Japan: A Free Lecture by Dr. James Rietveld

Lecture audio was recorded Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 8 PM – 10:30 PM at Ipso Facto (517 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, Ca.)


This episode of Magik Pizza is brought to you by:

 Angry Orchard Hard Cider (Stormy) + Greenhouse Artisan Gin (Hannah)

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider | DrizlyGreenhouse Gin 750ml


This Release Date Moon:

It’s the April 2020 New Moon! According to the Farmer’s Almanac Best Days List, it’s the best day to Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Paint, Get Married, Advertise to Sell, Buy Clothes, and Buy a Home.


What the heck was Dr. J. talking about at the beginning of the lecture?

Devil’s Staircase also known as the Cantor function — example of a function that is continuous, but not absolutely continuous. It is a notorious counterexample in analysis, because it challenges naive intuitions about continuity, derivative, and measure. Though it is continuous everywhere and has zero derivative almost everywhere, its value still goes from 0 to 1 as its argument reaches from 0 to 1. Thus, in one sense the function seems very much like a constant one which cannot grow, and in another, it does indeed monotonously grow, by construction.

(Definition taken from the wikipedia entry.)



Hannah– Living With The Gods

A BBC radio 4 podcast hosted by author and art historian, Neil MacGregor. Based on his book by the same name, the show explores humanity’s belief systems in short 14 1/2 min episodes. Short, sweet, with plenty to chew on and be inspired by.

Stormy Mnemonics

Its basically a technique used to help  people memorize faster, in that you relate symbols to something more visual.  For example, the mnemonic for the hiragana ‘Ki’ (spelled K.I.) could be seen as visually similar to a physical Key. Which, i found incredibly helpful once i had that visual tool. 

So, if you are interested in learning new alphabets but are having trouble memorizing them.. Perhaps Mnemonics could help you, too!

Learn Hiragana: Tofugu's Ultimate Guide

Mnemonic Hiragana example for ‘Ki’


Applications and Books Mentioned:

Libby – A free application where you can borrow and read ebooks and audiobooks from your local public library. (USA)

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (2017)


Transition Song:

Reunited by Peaches & Herb off of the album 2 Hot (1978)


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