Many Japanese people say “I’m an atheist”.
But they just forget or not aware that there are about 8 million Gods in Japan.
They exist everywhere, example Shrines, cars, meals, toilets etc…
Naturally, we go to the Shrine and give thanks for the meals that we eat. We pray to the God of Shrine at the Shrine, and pray to the life of the living things that became food.
If my mother will get sick, I pray for my mother’s recovery to ancestor maybe.
In fact, many Japanese people do not feel the Gods but are very close to the Gods.