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Religion in Modern Japan

Time & Location

July 12, 9pm EDT (July 13, 10am JST)


The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) presents a weekly webinar series on Japanese culture and society, Getting to Know Japan Series.

Dr. Levi McLaughlin will deliver an introductory overview of religion in contemporary Japan. In this talk, he will introduce the basics of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, explaining the ways that people interact with them and the beliefs that guide those interactions. He will conclude his talk with a broader overview of the religious landscape that these sacred sites inhabit, and then open the floor for Q&A. Dr. McLaughlin is a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future.

This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded. The event is free, but registration is required.

Click here to register. Visit the YCAPS website to learn more.

The webinar series is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.


Levi McLaughlin is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University after previous study at the University of Tokyo, and he holds a B.A. and M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto. He has worked as a research assistant at Kokugakuin University in Tokyo and was a visiting research fellow at the University of Michigan’s Center for Japanese Studies, the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Iowa. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Religion at Wofford College.

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