International Perspectives in Geography

Geography of Religion in Japan

Religious Space, Landscape, and Behavior

Authors: Matsui, Keisuke

  • 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
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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.

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“This is a data-rich study that shows the complexities of faith in local settings in Japan not only spatially, but temporally as well–as new global forces, like the possibility of receiving World Heritage Site Status, transform the way people understand local manifestations of the sacred as a cultural resource. This is … for serious researchers interested in Japanese religion, sacred geography, and pilgrimage and religious tourism.” (Mark MacWilliams, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 42 (1), March, 2016)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Recent Trends in the Geography of Religion in Japan

    Matsui, Keisuke

    Pages 1-15

  • Religious Tradition in Japan

    Matsui, Keisuke

    Pages 17-37

  • Spatial Structure of Japanese Religion

    Matsui, Keisuke

    Pages 39-131

  • Sacred Places, Pilgrimage, and Tourism

    Matsui, Keisuke

    Pages 133-193

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eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-4-431-54550-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-4-431-54549-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56362-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Geography of Religion in Japan
Book Subtitle
Religious Space, Landscape, and Behavior
Authors
Series Title
International Perspectives in Geography
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54550-7
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-54550-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-54549-1
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56362-4
Series ISSN
2197-7798
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 199
Number of Illustrations and Tables
59 b/w illustrations, 36 illustrations in colour
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