Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

The Japanese Journal of Religious Studies is a peer-reviewed journal registered as an Open Access Journal with all content freely downloadable. The journal began in 1960 as Contemporary Religions in Japan, which was changed to the JJRS in 1974. It has been published by the Nanzan Institute since 1981. The JJRS aims for a multidisciplinary approach to the study of religion in Japan, and submissions are welcomed from scholars in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. To submit a manuscript or inquiry about publishing in our journal, please contact us at the address below.

ISSN 0304-1042

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  • Matthew D. McMullen, Nanzan Institute

Associate Editor

  • Tim Graf, Nanzan Institute

    Advisory Board

  • Barbara Ambros, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Clark Chilson, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lucia Dolce, University of London
  • Helen Hardacre, Harvard University
  • Hayashi Makoto, Aichi Gakuin University
  • Hoshino Eiki, Taisho University
  • Kawahashi Noriko, Nichibunken
  • Keller Kimbrough, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Lori Meeks, University of Southern California
  • Minowa Kenryo, University of Tokyo
  • Okuyama Michiaki, Tokyo Eiwa University
  • Otani Eiichi, Bukkyo University
  • Ian Reader, Lancaster University
  • Brian Ruppert, Kanagawa University
  • Shimazono Susumu, Sophia University
  • Paul L. Swanson, JJRS Editor Emeritus
  • Jacqueline Stone, Princeton University
  • Duncan Ryuken Williams, University of Southern California
  • Yamanaka Hiroshi, University of Tsukuba

Internal Advisors

  • James W. Heisig, Nanzan Institute
  • Kim Seung Chul, Nanzan Institute
  • Saitō Takashi, Nanzan Institute

Editorial Consultants

  • Anna Andreeva, Heidelberg University
  • Erica Baffelli, University of Manchester
  • Heather Blair, Indiana University
  • Hoshino Seiji, Kokugakuin University
  • Orion Klautau, Tohoku University
  • Levi McLaughlin, North Carolina State University
  • Jolyon B. Thomas, University of Pennsylvania