The Imperial Seal of Japan is a crest used by members of the Japanese Imperial family. The Emperor of Japan, used a 16 petal chrysanthemum with sixteen tips of another row of petals showing behind the first row.
Shinto shrines either displayed the imperial seal or incorporated elements of the seal into their own emblems.
Shinto is the natural spirituality of Japan and the Japanese people. The word Shinto (“Way of the Gods”) was adopted from the written Chinese combining two kanji: “shin“ meaning gods or spirits (originally from the Chinese word shen); and “tō“, or “do” meaning a philosophical path or study (originally from the Chinese word tao).
Modern Shinto does have a central theological authority but no singular Theocracy.
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