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This set, as a collection of representative studies on Japanese Religions, illustrates the diversity and complexity of the Japanese religious experience, past and contemporary, while at the same time offering an overview of the most updated research in the field. The themes selected promote avenues of analysis that place the religious phenomenon in its socio-historical and cultural context. The selection demonstrates the range of religious practices and the contexts in which these practices are performed, with the aim of counterbalancing the traditional foci on either theological (doctrinal) studies or ethnographic studies only.

This collection affords a more comprehensive and accurate understanding of the nature and practice of Japanese religiosity. The framework in which the material is presented also offers an alternative to the usual chronological organization ...

The Practice of Religion in Japan: An Exploration of the State of Field

Banshōji None is an ancient Buddhist temple in the Osu central district of Nagoya, affiliated to the Sōtō denomination of Zen.1 Squeezed within the streets of an extensive shopping arcade lined up with small shops selling traditional goods and amusement parlours, it looks like many other temples in the middle of a bustling modern city. Its illustrious pedigree is attested by the grave of the Oda family, kept in a small back yard accessible from the street. The temple was originally built in the Ōwari province by the father of Oda Nobunaga, the famous sixteenth-century daimyō, and moved to this area in 1610. Its main hall was rebuilt in 1994 as a ...

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