SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions

MA Research

Please see below a selection of previous MA Japanese Religions students, with examples of their work:


James Hoyle, Kaji: The Power of the Buddha in the Thought and Action of Kūkai


James Harrington, Rhetorical strategies in the Shobogenzu: a contextual critical reading of Dogens masterpiece.

Katherine Williams, The millenials and the Mustard Seed: Exploration into the Mortuary Customs of the Japanese Millennial Generation.


Gunn Angela Lochiel, Origins of the Japanese Concept of Hells.

Hodgson Miranda, Zen in the West : The European Mission of Deshimaru Taisen.

Kresser Lucas, Kotodama and the Gojuonzu in Edo-period Nativism.

Takahashi Nobushiro, Garden at Honpo-ji: the Boundary Between the Sacred and the Profane.


Mort Mascarenhas, The Kirishitan.

Megan Janel Morn, The Uses of the Body in Japanese
Esoteric Buddhism.

Giorgio Premoselli, Onmyodo:Definition, Revision and

Aike Peter Rots, The Angel from the East Zionism,
Millenarianism and Nationalism Mythmaking in the
theology of Nakada Yujia.

Oliver John Staines, Esoteric Ritual and the Sacraliza-
tion of Empire. A study in Medieval Japanese Buddhism.

Angela Lochiel Gunn, Origins of the Japanese Concept of Hells.


Kigensan Licha, A Short History of Enlightenment:
Historical Consciousness in Keizan's Denkoruku


Masaaki Okada, Ancestor Worship in Japan with a
Case Study of Ancestor Worship in Japanese New Reli-
gions: Can One Define Ancestor Worship?


Izumi Beppu, Yasukuni Shrine and its influence on the
nation before and after the end of World War 2.

Roger Farrow, Life from the dead: The secret life of icons
and the functionality of relics.

Katsuji Iwahashi, The shrine reduction policy: The policy
and protest in Wakayama prefecture.

Zuzana Kubovcakova, Zen monks and warriors in medi-
eval Japan: realities behind the warriors’ adherence to
Zen Buddhism.

Shinya Mano, Yosai and Yojo lineage: Yojobo Yosai
(Acarya) or Myoan Eisai (Zen master) phenomena.


Satomi Horiuchi, Ancestral Rites in Japanese Christianity:
History and Attitude of the Dead and New Japanese Christian Movements.

Michael Ipgrave, Dialogue Between Tenrikyo and
Christianity, with Special Reference to the Theme of Divine Parenthood.

Tullio Lobetti, Walkers of Holy Grounds: A Theoretical
Analysis of the Peculiarities of the Kaihogyo Practice of Mt. Hiei in the
Context of Japanese Mountain Asceticism.

Sally Mizon, From Yantrato Divine Meditation: The
Meaning and Function of Japanese Buddhist Images.

Kenichi Naito, Japanese New Religions in Brazil:
Anxieties and Strengths of Japanese New Religions.


Naomi Hilton, Issues of Universalism and historical development in Byakko

Yoshiko Imaizumi, The Interactive creation,negotiated development and
reinvented tradition of Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Janet Klippenstein, Deprivation,Survival ,and Discipline: a critique of current
approaches to the study of women in Japanese new religions and Mizuko Kuyo.

Kieko Obuse, Exploring the Japaneseness in Japanese Christianity: how does
Uchimura Kanzo use Bushido to promote Christianity?

Carla Tronu Montane, Christian marriage in premodern Japan: an assessment of
the transformations in the Jesuit sources used to teach and administer the Sacrament of Matrimony to the Japanese in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

Yumiko Matsuzawa Mitchell, The role of healing in Japanese new religions.

Akemi Solloway, An analysis of the seminal works on Bushido.

Karen Ward, How was Nichiren able to transform mappo into a positive


Thomas Barrett, Soka Gakkai and the question of Nationalism: an inquiry into the presence of nationalistic thought in early Soka Gakkai.

Christopher Jones, An examination of 'Mizuko Kuyo': critical discourse and actuality.

Spas Rangelov, Two types of shamanic figures in northern Japan: ways of the 'Itako' and the 'Gomiso'.

Janet Foster, The 'Daikon' as a symbol in Japanese religions.