Professor Emeritus, Keio University; President, Association for the Study of Japanese Mountain Religion
ACADEMIC FIELD & RESEARCH
Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Folklore
Southwest China (Guizhou, Guangxi), South India (Karnataka, Kerala), Indonesia (Bali), Sri Lanka, Japan
I have conducted studies in various regions in East, South, and Southeast Asia on the themes of folk religion, folk performance, and ethnogenesis. In Japan, my research has focused on Shugendō (Japanese mountain religion) and Kagura (sacred music and dance), although my research topics have recently shifted toward world heritage sites and cultural properties.
- “Anthropology on the Exclusion of Women: Sumō Tournaments, Pollution, and Gender,” Hozokan, Kyoto, 2021. [in Japanese]
- “Kumano and Kagura: Exploring the Fundamental Power of Sacred Places,” Heibonsha, Tokyo, 2018.
- “Metamorphosis of Ethnic Groups and Culture in East Asia: Ethnic Minorities and the Han People, China and Japan,” Fukyosha, Tokyo, 2017. [in Japanese]
- “For Reconstruction of Kagura Studies,” in Hiroko Yamamoto, Kōich Matsuo, and Akira Fukuda (eds.), Medieval Era of Kagura:The Horizon of Religious Performance, Miyai Shoten, Tokyo, 2021. [in Japanese]
- “Epidemic Diseases and Folk Beliefs, Amabie, monster and Rat Memorial ,” Hyŏn, Mu-am, Yohei Fujino (eds.), Post corona Age in East Asia : Nation, Religion, and Everyday Life in New World (Intriguing Asia No. 253), Bensei Shuppan, Tokyo, 2020. [in Japanese]
- “History of Landscapes between Rituals and Tourism: The Case of Villages in Bali Aga, Indonesia,” Toru Yamaguchi (ed.), Islandscape Histories, Fukyosha, Tokyo, 2019. [in Japanese]