CONTACT: japanjohn.com (at sign) gmail.com
The following information is meant to be representative, rather than exhaustive.
- Kansai Gaidai University (Hirakata, Japan), Associate Professor of Asian Religion/Philosophy, 2013-present
- Kansai Gaidai University (Hirakata, Japan), Instructor of Asian Religion/Philosophy, 2010-2013
- Antioch University-Intensive Buddhist Studies Program (Kyoto, Japan), Instructor of Japanese Buddhism and Culture, 2009-2010
- Kansai Medical University (Osaka, Japan), Instructor of English Conversation, 2007-2010
- PhD Japanese Studies (Japanese Religious Studies), University of Manchester (U.K.), 2009
- MA Asian Religion, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2004
- BA Philosophy, Xavier University, 1995
MAJOR RESEARCH GRANTS
- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Kaken Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (2017-2021). Title: 平成時代の四国遍路における不断の巡礼者と宗教的権威. Full details publicly available here.
- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Kaken Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (2014-2017). Title: Themes and Implications of the Heisei Era Shikoku Henro Literature Boom. Full details publicly available here.
- Japanese Ministry of Education Graduate Student Research Grant (2003-2005)
- Religion in Japan
- Financial Derivatives with a Focus on Japan
- Comparative Studies: The Pursuit of Desire
- Introduction to Japanology (for Japanese)
- Contemporary Japanese Religion
- Independent Study: Comparative Warrior Ethos
- International Business Ethics
- Introduction to Philosophy
- The History and Ideology of the Japanese Warrior
- Spiritual Journeys: Power Spots, Mandala Mountains, and Haiku Roads
- Pilgrimage: Journeys in Search of Meaning
- Money, Religion, and Ethics
- Swords of Salvation: Religion and Violence in Japan
- Japanese Society and Cultural Traditions
- Japanese Buddhist Culture
- Practice and Theory of Buddhism (team taught)
- Field Research in Japan: Selected Topic
PUBLICATIONS AND MAJOR WORKS
"Heart Sutra Pop: Religious Textual Democratization by a Sexy Vocal Android." Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Forthcoming.
"Vertical Pilgrimage: Japanese Mountain Religious Experience and American Big Wall Climbing" Journal of Inquiry and Research. Osaka: Kenkyuronshu vol. 112 (2020): 91-108.
"Pilgrimaging Through Time: The Theoretical Implications of Continuing Journeys on the Shikoku Henro." International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. Dublin: Vol. 8:1 (2020), 51-59.
"The 'Gaijin Henro': Outliers, Discrimination and Time Variability with Pilgrimage in Shikoku." Journal of Inquiry and Research. Osaka: Kenkyuronshu vol. 107 (2018): 1-12.
"The Way to Gyō: Priestly Asceticism on the Shikoku Henro." The Journal of Japanese Religious Studies. Nagoya: Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture 43/2: 275-305.
"Review: Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion by Tullio Federico Lobetti," Religious Studies Review vol. 38(2015): 127-128.
"Black Swans in White Clothing: Outliers and Social Scientific Theory Considered Through a Case Study of the Shikoku Henro." Journal of Inquiry and Research. Osaka: Kenkyuronshu vol. 100 (2014): 153-165.
"Shock Treatment on an Inpatient Island: Finding Anxious Cures on Pilgrimage in Shikoku." The Journal of Intercultural Studies. Osaka: Intercultural Research Institute vol. 38(2013): 27-41.
“Review: Daoism in the Twentieth Century: Between Eternity and Modernity by David A. Palmer and Xun Liu,” Religious Studies Review vol. 38(2012): 259.
"Review of Jun'ichi Isomae's Japanese Mythology: Hermeneutics on Scripture." Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception (available online here) vol. 2 (2011): 371-383.
"Media Transformation, Evangelical Continuity: Enticement for a Japanese Pilgrimage from Woodblocks to Homepages." In Japan and the Internet: Perspectives and Practices. Edited by Yutaka Tsujinaka and Leslie M. Tkach-Kawasaki. Tsukuba: Center for International, Comparative, and Advanced Japanese Studies (University of Tsukuba). 2011.
"Pilgrim Leadership Rendered in HTML: Bloggers and the Shikoku Henro." In Japanese Religions and the Internet: Innovation, Representation, and Authority ( volume link here). Edited by Erica Baffelli, Ian Reader, and Birgit Staemmler. New York: Routeledge. 2011.
"Characters on a Page, Characters on a Pilgrimage: Contemporary Memoirs of the Shikoku Henro." Thesis submitted for the degree of PhD (University of Manchester). 2009.
"White Garments, Gray Notions: Issues of Identity and Motivation in Regard to the Japanese Buddhist Pilgrim." Thesis submitted for the degree of MA (University of Hawaii). 2004.
"A Gumby's Guide to Three Person Big-Wall Technique (more than 11,000 views!)"
This image collage, constructed with Wordle, demonstrates the frequency of occurrence for certain terms in my PhD thesis.