Janine T. Sawada

Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies

Research Interests

Buddhism, Edo, Fuji shinkō, history, Italy--Rome, Japan, Mt. Fuji, Neo-Confucianism, new religions, popular religion, religion, Shingaku, Shugendō, Tokugawa


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.