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Geography of Religion in Japan

Religious Space, Landscape, and Behavior

Matsui, Keisuke

2014, XI, 199 p. 95 illus., 36 illus. in color.

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  • Is the only book in English that discusses Japanese religion in terms of geography
  • Written by is one of the famous cultural geographers in Japan 
  • Presents aspects of geography as well as religious studies
  • Examines the newest dimensions of Japanese religion
This book discusses modern aspects of Japanese religion in terms of cultural geography. To understand the function of religion, it is essential to examine it in the context of local societies. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Japanese religion is its diversity; indeed, it is often remarked that “Japan is a museum of religions.” In this work, the author clarifies some geographical aspects of the complex situation of Japanese religion. Chapter 1 discusses the trend of geographical studies of religion in Japan, of which four types can be identified. Chapter 2 focuses on certain characteristics of Japanese religious traditions by discussing tree worship and the landscape of sacred places. Chapter 3 clarifies regional divisions in the catchment areas of Japanese Shintoism by analyzing the distribution of certain types of believers. The author discusses two case studies: the Kasama Inari Shrine  and the Kanamura Shrine. Chapter 4 discusses some modern aspects of sacred places and tourism through two case studies. The first part of the chapter focuses on changes in the types of businesses at the Omotesando of the Naritasan Shinshoji-Monzenmachi, and the following sections examine the revitalization of the local community through the promotion of religious tourism.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Geography of Religion - Japanese Religion - Pilgrimage Japan - Sacred Place Japan - Shinto Shrines - Tourism Japanese

Related subjects » Geography

Table of contents 

Recent Trends in the Geography of Religion in Japan.- Religious Tradition in Japan.- Spatial Structure of Japanese Religion.- Sacred Places, Pilgrimage and Tourism.- Conclusions.

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