So I know the chances of anyone following this blog (or even the #shinto tag, honestly) being interested / active in Second Life are pretty slim! I admit myself it’s a fairly weird place!
However, it has a decently active community of Japanese players, and as such there are little in-world Shinto shrines hidden around the world. I tend to sniff around those places in my travels and I’ve been keeping a list of Shinto shrines that I find tucked away in various locations… I’m constantly finding more and more, and it’s finally gotten enough substance that I thought it might be worth sharing! even though probably nobody else is as interested in this phenomenon as I am, haha.
I think what I find the most interesting about the inworld shrines is that they are indeed hand-crafted, although via different means (3D modeling, art, scripting and so forth). Even though they cannot (I believe?!) hold any enshrinement of kami, at least by any sort of reckoning I’ve heard of, they still hold the ability to make your thoughts stray towards the existence of the kami and nature (digital, virtual nature though it may be).
Of course these are no substitution for the real thing, but if you cannot make it to Fushimi-ku or Ise, then maybe, on a rainy evening, visiting some of these little lovingly-crafted shrines might brighten your mood up a bit.
The document has barebones instructions on page two of the sheet, if you are interested and have no clue how to get in on Second Life at all.