Monthly Archives: October 2011


Like any researcher of mountain pilgrimage worth his salt, I recently set out for some mountain climbing in the Togakushi area.  Here are some photos from the trip.  (Click on photos to enlarge and read descriptions.)


This is a casual blog on my dissertation research, which encompasses Shugendo (mountain religion in Japan), early modern religious life and thought, pilgrimage, power, politics, mountains, and what not.  My project is focused especially on Japan’s Togakushi mountains (Nagano prefecture and incidentally, the site of 1998 Winter Olympics), though it will hopefully have implications for trends that were contemporary around the country.  The period is the 16th – 19th centuries.