|Sawada, Janine Anderson Sexual Relations as Religious Practice in the Late Tokugawa Period: Fujido. The Journal of Japanese Studies. 2006; 32 (2) : 341-366.|
Janine Sawada specializes in the religious and intellectual history of early modern Japan. She is currently studying the religious movement dedicated to Mt. Fuji (later called Fujiko) with particular attention to the role of prayer rituals (kaji kito) in its formative phases, during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
Janine Sawada has worked on the popularization of Zen Buddhist and Neo-Confucian ideas and practices among the working classes of early modern Japan, including various forms of personal cultivation that emerged in the early nineteenth century and the early Meiji period (Shinto-type new religions, Confucian-inspired revival movements, divination practitioners, lay Rinzai communities, etc.). She is now focusing on the late medieval to early Tokugawa development of Mt. Fuji devotionalism as documented in pilgrimage mandalas, talismans, sermon texts, and hagio-narratives generated by lay ascetics and pilgrims of the time.
With Koyama Issei, head of Shingaku Sanzensha (Tokyo) and Inoue Zenjō, former abbot of Tōkeiji (Kamakura) at Engakuji, in 1994
Crawling through Funatsu Cave (Gotainai) on the northern side of Mt. Fuji (2013)
Japanese religion and culture; East Asian Buddhism; early modern Japan; Buddhist literature; Neo-Confucianism; pilgrimage studies.
|RELS 0072 - Finding Wisdom in Asian Classics|
|RELS 0080 - Japan: Nature, Ritual and the Arts|
|RELS 0082 - Japan's Floating World|
|RELS 0090L - Pilgrimage and Quest|
|RELS 1190 - Religious Japan|
|RELS 1430 - Buddhist Classics|
|RELS 1440 - Themes in Japanese Buddhism|
|RELS 2350B - Japanese Religion and Thought: The Long Nineteenth-Century|
|RELS 2350C - Readings in Neo-Confucianism|