Mimusubi is creating essays about Shinto
16

patrons

$72
per essay
I am writing essays to introduce Shinto, the native religious tradition of Japan, to an English-speaking audience. Your patronage will enable me to spend more time researching and writing the essays.

Each essay will be about 5,000 words long, and most will cover a single topic. I am not writing to convert people to Shinto, but rather for people who are interested in learning more about a diverse tradition with well over a thousand years of history. The essays supported by this Patreon will be as objective as I can make them, describing the way Shinto is and has been practised.

All patrons get one essay, a general introduction to Shinto, when they sign up. I will not release more than one essay per month as a paid item, and I do not guarantee to have one every month until the $300 goal is reached. Once that goal is reached, I plan to switch to monthly payments. You can also set a monthly limit to your support to ensure that I cannot charge you for more than one essay per month.

The tangible contents (insofar as electronic publications are tangible) of the $1 and $2 rewards are the same, as are those of the $5 and $10 rewards. The higher cost rewards exist for people who would like to further support the writing of these essays, so the additional thanks are entirely genuine, if hard to measure exactly.

Patrons get all the essays published during the time they are supporting the Patreon, but it is possible to get essays that you missed: the details are on the Mimusubi website.

About the Author

I am David Chart. I am a Japanese citizen, although I was born in the UK, and have lived in Japan with my Japanese wife and daughter for over a decade. I have practised Shinto for most of the time I have been in Japan, and have passed the highest level of the Shinto exam for lay people. I am currently a consultant for Jinja Honchō, the main Shinto organisation in Japan, providing translation, interpretation, and advice on English language publications. These essays, however, are written in a personal capacity and do not speak for Jinja Honchō in any way. More details on my relationship with Jinja Honchō can be found on the Mimusubi website, where I also post personal reflections on Shinto.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per essay
9 patrons
You receive a digital copy of the final version of each essay I write supported by your patronage, and my thanks.
Pledge $2 or more per essay
1 patron
You receive a digital copy of the final version of each essay I write supported by your patronage, and twice as much thanks.
Pledge $5 or more per essay
6 patrons
You receive a digital copy of the final draft of each essay I write supported by your patronage.

You may then ask questions, about things that are unclear or that you want to know, and I will revise the essay and take the questions into account when deciding what to write next.

You also, of course, receive a digital copy of the final version of each essay, and lots of thanks.
Pledge $10 or more per essay
2 patrons
You receive a digital copy of the final draft of each essay I write supported by your patronage.

You may then ask questions, about things that are unclear or that you want to know, and I will revise the essay and take the questions into account when deciding what to write next.

You also, of course, receive a digital copy of the final version of each essay, and twice as much thanks as the people on the $5 level.
Goals
$72 of $300 per essay
This level is approximately 6c/word, the minimum level for professional writing. Once we hit this goal, I will commit to producing one essay per month.
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I am writing essays to introduce Shinto, the native religious tradition of Japan, to an English-speaking audience. Your patronage will enable me to spend more time researching and writing the essays.

Each essay will be about 5,000 words long, and most will cover a single topic. I am not writing to convert people to Shinto, but rather for people who are interested in learning more about a diverse tradition with well over a thousand years of history. The essays supported by this Patreon will be as objective as I can make them, describing the way Shinto is and has been practised.

All patrons get one essay, a general introduction to Shinto, when they sign up. I will not release more than one essay per month as a paid item, and I do not guarantee to have one every month until the $300 goal is reached. Once that goal is reached, I plan to switch to monthly payments. You can also set a monthly limit to your support to ensure that I cannot charge you for more than one essay per month.

The tangible contents (insofar as electronic publications are tangible) of the $1 and $2 rewards are the same, as are those of the $5 and $10 rewards. The higher cost rewards exist for people who would like to further support the writing of these essays, so the additional thanks are entirely genuine, if hard to measure exactly.

Patrons get all the essays published during the time they are supporting the Patreon, but it is possible to get essays that you missed: the details are on the Mimusubi website.

About the Author

I am David Chart. I am a Japanese citizen, although I was born in the UK, and have lived in Japan with my Japanese wife and daughter for over a decade. I have practised Shinto for most of the time I have been in Japan, and have passed the highest level of the Shinto exam for lay people. I am currently a consultant for Jinja Honchō, the main Shinto organisation in Japan, providing translation, interpretation, and advice on English language publications. These essays, however, are written in a personal capacity and do not speak for Jinja Honchō in any way. More details on my relationship with Jinja Honchō can be found on the Mimusubi website, where I also post personal reflections on Shinto.

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You receive a digital copy of the final version of each essay I write supported by your patronage, and my thanks.
Pledge $2 or more per essay
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You receive a digital copy of the final version of each essay I write supported by your patronage, and twice as much thanks.
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You receive a digital copy of the final draft of each essay I write supported by your patronage.

You may then ask questions, about things that are unclear or that you want to know, and I will revise the essay and take the questions into account when deciding what to write next.

You also, of course, receive a digital copy of the final version of each essay, and lots of thanks.
Pledge $10 or more per essay
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You receive a digital copy of the final draft of each essay I write supported by your patronage.

You may then ask questions, about things that are unclear or that you want to know, and I will revise the essay and take the questions into account when deciding what to write next.

You also, of course, receive a digital copy of the final version of each essay, and twice as much thanks as the people on the $5 level.