Japanese Religions in and beyond the Japanese Diaspora

Japanese Religions in and beyond the Japanese Diaspora

Japanese Religions in and beyond the Japanese Diaspora

Japanese Religions in and beyond the Japanese Diaspora

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This volume is a collection of scholarly essays based on the international conference “Japanese Religions in and beyond the Japanese Diaspora,” held on September 21, 2001, at the University of California, Berkeley. The conference was sponsored by Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) and supported by the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute of International Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Religious Studies Program at the university.

We are immensely grateful to these sponsoring institutions and the support staff of CJS, particularly Ms. Keiko Hjersman. We would also like to thank Professor Andrew Barshay for his warm reception of this project and his continuing support of it. UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies publications committee and its editor, Joanne Sandstrom, must also be acknowledged for providing us with this opportunity and for the courtesy and understanding they have shown throughout the long process of getting this volume ready for publication.

The conference occurred ten days after the horrid terrorist attack in New York and other places in the United States. In this shocking atmosphere, the conference was almost cancelled, and some scholars actually were unable to attend. On this occasion, our keynote speaker, Professor Robert Bellah, delivered a profound reflection relating the catastrophic attacks to the study of Japanese religions. It was a touching and deep moment for each participant at the conference.

Unfortunately, two presenters were not able to participate in this publication with their work on the presence of Shingon and Pure Land Buddhism in America. Professor Nelson Graburn came in to complement the book with a chapter on the establishment of a Shinto shrine on the West Coast of the United States.

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