Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture

One of the three main research institutes at Nanzan University, the NIRC is a global hub for scholars to engage in discussions on all aspects of religion through conferences, workshops, and lectures. The Institute also produces an array of internationally acclaimed publications on religion and intercultural philosophy.


Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

A peer-reviewed journal specializing in the publication of research on the study of Japanese religions.


Bulletin of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture

An English-language journal documenting the annual research activities of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture.



『研究所報』では、英語版の Bulletin と同様、研究所のメンバーの活動や研究業績について報告します。

News and Announcements


Book Award

Mark Mullin's Yasukuni Fundamentalism: Japanese Religions and the Politics of Restoration (Nanzan Library series) is the First Prize winner of the 2023 NZASIA Book Award.


Buddhism in Ukraine

Join us on December 12th for talks by project researchers Serhii and Mariia Trylis about their experiences as Buddhists in Ukraine. See here for details.



Volume 33 of the Shohō is now available. The complete issue and individual articles can be downloaded here.


Conferring of Decoration

NIRC Emeritus Jim Heisig awarded The Order of the Sacred Treasure.


JJRS 50/1

The most recent issue of the JJRS is now available here.


Tōzai 20~21

The most recent issues of Tōzai shūkyō kenkyū are now available on online.


NIRC on YouTube

NIRC events can be viewed on our YouTube channel.


Nishida Seminar

Enrico Fongaro and Jacynthe Tremblay host the first meeting of the Seminar on the Philosophy of Nishida Kitarō. Contact our staff for details about future meetings.



If you are interesting in submitting to the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, please download the Style Guide.

About the Institute

The Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture was founded in 1976 with the aim of promoting dialogue among religions, philosophies, and cultures East and West.