Links to Sites Related to Japanese Religions

(UPDATED October, 2009)


American Academy of Religion Homepage
Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library (Australian National University)
Association for Asian Studies
Bridge to Japan An extensive, annotated index of Japanese/Japan-related internet resources, including academic, arts, computing, environment, language, law, libraries, literature, politics, travel, etc. Maintained by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in the UK.
Council on East Asian Libraries Buddhism and Buddhist Studies in Japan
Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University
The European Association for Japanese Studies
Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies (Columbia University)
Japanese Text Initiative Site of the Japanese Text Initiative of the University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center and the University of Pittsburgh East Asian Library. Purpose is to make texts of classical Japanese literature available on the web. Interactive search interface allows for searching of any characters or words, in Japanese or English, in individual texts and in all texts.
Kyoto University Library
Mijikyo Net Software for enhanced Chinese Character word-processing
NACSIS Webcat Japan library catalog search System for searching the union catalog databases of books and serials held in the university libraries in Japan. The databases have been created by making use of the shared cataloging system (NACSIS-CAT) provided by Japan's National Center for Science Information Systems (NACSIS). So far the closest Japanese approximation to American searches of the RLIN or OCLC type.
Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture The Nanzan Institute has, since its foundation in 1974, been actively engaged in religious dialogue, bringing together scholars from across the broad spectrum of Japanese religions to collaborate in scholarly pursuits. The Institute sponsors various symposia and offers research scholarships and residency research status.
Nobumi Iyanaga's personal links Very useful collection on Japanese religion.
Reischauer Institute at Harvard University English and Japanese-language site of annotated resources in academic Japanese studies. Includes schools, research institutes, libraries, reference tools, news media, government and legal sites, history archives, teaching and language learning sites, scholarships, jobs, etc. Frequently updated.
Resources for the Study of East Asian Language and Thought One of the premier websites maintained by Charles Muller, Toyo Gakuken University. Includes links to Buddhist text, dictionaries, and archives.
Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
Society for the Study of Chinese Religions: Useful links for Chinese religions.
Taisho Canon: Electronic text editions, available for download, of the full 85 volumes of the Taishō shinshū daizōkyō, made available by the Japanese Association for Indian and Buddhist Studies (Nihon Indogaku Bukkyō Gakkai).
University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies  Useful resources for employment, study, and research.


The International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism (IRIZ) Kyoto. Also known as the Electronic Bodhidharma. There are useful web references to Zen texts, art, temples, institutes, bibliographies, etc.
Jodo Shinshu
Jodoshu Research Institute
Shin Dharma Net
Meiji Jingu Shrine Homepage for this modern shrine.
Network of Shinto Scholars in the West
Society for the Study of Chinese Religions
Taoist Studies


Asian Art On-line journal for the study and exhibition of Asian arts.
Asian Pacific: Perspectives A peer-reviewed on-line journal that publishes comparative/interdisciplinary studies related to the Pacific Rim region.
The Eastern Buddhist
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
Japan Forum  Official journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies.  Designed to make available scholarship on Japan to an international readership of specialists and non-specialists.
Japan Studies Review  The Journal of the Southern Japan Seminar
Japanese Journal of Religious Studies Complete back list of articles/reviews (referenced by title, author, and subject) with many downloadable.
Japanese Religions Published by the NCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions, a research institute of the National Christian Council in Japan
Japanese Studies An interdisciplinary journal (UK) that publishes scholarly articles on various aspects of Japan
Japanese Studies Publication of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia including academic articles on various aspects of Japan.
Journal of Asian Studies
Journal of Japanese Studies
Monumenta Nipponica
Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies
Philosophy East and West



Japan Foundation--Japan  Features programs and program guidelines; news, publications, databases, and links.
Japan Foundation--North America
Japan Society  The Japan Society is an American institution with individual and corporate members that promotes understanding and enlightened relations between the United States and Japan.
JPOLL: The Japan Japan Public Opinion Location Library  The only comprehensive, web-based, searchable archive of public opinion data from Japan. More than 10,000 individual survey questions and answers, in English, dating from 1990 to the present, are available. JPOLL is a program of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, which maintains the world's largest archive of public opinion data.
The Japan Documentation Center at the Library of Congress  Specializes in Japanese public policy information, provides current souce materials on economics, commerce and industry, law, politics, environment, social conditions. Searchable bibliographic database; document delivery service.


Encyclopedia Mythica Japanese Mythology On-line encyclopedia with a useful search mechanism. Maintained by M.F. Lindemans.
East Asian Studies in Anthropology Section (E-ASIA(S)) of the American Anthropological Association
Japanese Summer Language Programs
Japan Art History Forum A website with visitor and member (restricted) sections for those with a professional interest in Japanese art (scholars in art history and related fields, museum professionals, independent scholars, and serious collectors).


Antioch College Buddhist Studies Program in Kyoto
Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) Visiting scholar programs, academic programs (fall, spring, and summer), intensive Japanese study, and homestay opportunities.