Reviews

Author: 
Emily Anderson
Reviewer: 
Erik Schicketanz

Schicketanz on Anderson, 'Christianity and Imperialism in Modern Japan: Empire for God'


Emily Anderson. Christianity and Imperialism in Modern Japan: Empire for God. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. 328 pp. $114.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4725-0856-0.

Reviewed by Erik Schicketanz (The University of Tokyo)
Published on H-Shukyo (October, 2016)
Commissioned by Orion Klautau

The Search of Japanese Protestants for their Place in the Empire

Author: 
Hōzawa Naohide
Reviewer: 
Alexander Vesey

Vesey on Naohide, 'Kinsei bukkyō no seido to jōhō'


Hōzawa Naohide. Kinsei bukkyō no seido to jōhō. Tokyo: Yoshikawa Kōbunkan, 2015. 408 pp. (cloth), ISBN 978-4-642-03470-8.

Reviewed by Alexander Vesey (Meiji Gakuin University)
Published on H-Shukyo (July, 2016)
Commissioned by Orion Klautau

Refining our Understanding of the Tokugawa-era Buddhist Clergy

Author: 
Gina Cogan
Reviewer: 
Regan Murphy Kao

Murphy Kao on Cogan, 'The Princess Nun: Bunchi, Buddhist Reform, and Gender in Early Edo Japan'


Gina Cogan. The Princess Nun: Bunchi, Buddhist Reform, and Gender in Early Edo Japan. Harvard East Asian Monographs. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014. xvi + 309 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-674-49197-7.

Reviewed by Regan Murphy Kao (Stanford University)
Published on H-Shukyo (February, 2016)
Commissioned by Jessica Starling

Author: 
Heather Blair
Reviewer: 
Jonathan Stockdale

Stockdale on Blair, 'Real and Imagined: The Peak of Gold in Heian Japan'


Heather Blair. Real and Imagined: The Peak of Gold in Heian Japan. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2015. Illustrations, maps. 364 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-674-50427-1.

Reviewed by Jonathan Stockdale (University of Puget Sound)
Published on H-Shukyo (December, 2015)
Commissioned by Jessica Starling

Elite Mountain Pilgrimage in Heian Japan

Author: 
Michel Mohr
Reviewer: 
Jason Ānanda Josephson

Josephson on Mohr, 'Buddhism, Unitarianism, and the Meiji Competition for Universality'


Michel Mohr. Buddhism, Unitarianism, and the Meiji Competition for Universality. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2014. 346 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-674-06694-6.

Reviewed by Jason Ānanda Josephson (Williams College)
Published on H-Shukyo (December, 2015)
Commissioned by Orion Klautau

Preachers of the Universal: The Unitarian Mission to Japan

Author: 
Sébastien Penmellen Boret
Reviewer: 
Mark McGuire

McGuire on Boret, 'Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and the Culture of Death'


Sébastien Penmellen Boret. Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and the Culture of Death. New York: Routledge, 2014. 240 pp. $160.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-415-51706-5.

Reviewed by Mark McGuire (John Abbott College)
Published on H-Shukyo (August, 2015)
Commissioned by Jessica Starling

Easing the Burden of Death, One Tree Burial at a Time

If you’re poor, you cannot die in Japan.

Author: 
Trent Maxey
Reviewer: 
Cameron Penwell

Penwell on Maxey, 'The "Greatest Problem": Religion and State Formation in Meiji Japan'


Trent Maxey. The "Greatest Problem": Religion and State Formation in Meiji Japan. Harvard University Asia Center, 2014. . ISBN 978-0-674-49199-1.

Reviewed by Cameron Penwell (University of Chicago)
Published on H-Shukyo (May, 2015)
Commissioned by Jessica Starling

The Politics of Religion in Meiji Japan

Author: 
John K. Nelson
Reviewer: 
Elisabetta Porcu

Porcu on Nelson, 'Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan'


John K. Nelson. Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2013. xxiv + 292 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8248-3833-1; $32.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8248-3898-0.

Reviewed by Elisabetta Porcu (University of Cape Town)
Published on H-Shukyo (March, 2015)
Commissioned by Jolyon B. Thomas

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism

Author: 
Orion Klautau
Reviewer: 
Ryan Ward

Ward on Klautau, 'Kindai nihon shisō to shite no bukkyō shigaku'


Orion Klautau. Kindai nihon shisō to shite no bukkyō shigaku. Kyōto: Hōzōkan, 2012. Illustrations. iv + 334 pp. n.p. (cloth), ISBN 978-4-8318-7364-4.

Reviewed by Ryan Ward (Meiji University)
Published on H-Shukyo (October, 2014)
Commissioned by Jolyon B. Thomas

Buddhist Historiography in Modern Japanese Intellectual History

Author: 
Jan C. Leuchtenberger
Reviewer: 
Christopher Mayo

Mayo on Leuchtenberger, 'Conquering Demons: The "Kirishitan," Japan, and the World in Early Modern Japanese Literature'


Jan C. Leuchtenberger. Conquering Demons: The "Kirishitan," Japan, and the World in Early Modern Japanese Literature. Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, 2013. xii + 240 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-929280-77-3; $25.00 (paper), ISBN 978-1-929280-78-0.

Reviewed by Christopher Mayo (Kōgakkan University)
Published on H-Shukyo (July, 2014)
Commissioned by Jolyon B. Thomas

Japan's "Kirishitan" Other

Author: 
Eiichi Ōtani
Reviewer: 
Orion Klautau

Klautau on Ōtani, 'Kindai Bukkyō to iu shiza: sensō, Ajia, shakai shugi'


Eiichi Ōtani. Kindai Bukkyō to iu shiza: sensō, Ajia, shakai shugi. Tōkyō: Perikansha, 2012. 294 pp. ISBN 978-4-8315-1318-2.

Reviewed by Orion Klautau (Heidelberg University)
Published on H-Shukyo (January, 2014)
Commissioned by Jolyon B. Thomas

Modern Buddhism as a Perspective

Author: 
Hwansoo Ilmee Kim
Reviewer: 
Emily Anderson

Anderson on Kim, 'Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912'


Hwansoo Ilmee Kim. Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912. Harvard East Asian Monographs Series. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013. 415 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-674-06575-8.

Reviewed by Emily Anderson (Washington State University)
Published on H-Shukyo (October, 2013)
Commissioned by Jolyon B. Thomas

The Ill-Fated Pursuit of Korean-Japanese Dharma

Author: 
Jason Ānanda Josephson
Reviewer: 
Wilburn Hansen

Hansen on Josephson, 'The Invention of Religion in Japan'


Jason Ānanda Josephson. The Invention of Religion in Japan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. xiii + 387 pages. $90.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-226-41233-7; $30.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-226-41234-4.

Reviewed by Wilburn Hansen
Published on H-Shukyo (July, 2013)
Commissioned by Jolyon B. Thomas

Author: 
Barbara R. Ambros
Reviewer: 
Mark Rowe

Rowe on Ambros, 'Bones of Contention: Animals and Religion in Modern Japan'


Barbara R. Ambros. Bones of Contention: Animals and Religion in Modern Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2012. 265 pp. $55.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8248-3626-9; $29.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8248-3674-0.

Reviewed by Mark Rowe (McMaster University)
Published on H-Shukyo (June, 2013)
Commissioned by Jolyon B. Thomas

What Animals Can Teach Us about Japanese Religions

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