This is a casual blog that began with the impetus to share aspects of my dissertation research, which I carried out in Japan from 2011-2013. The project encompasses Shugendo (mountain religion in Japan), early modern religious life and thought, pilgrimage, power, politics, and mountain worship. Most of the textual sources I use come from the Togakushi mountains (Nagano prefecture and incidentally, the site of 1998 Winter Olympics) and date from the late thirteenth through mid-nineteenth centuries.

As I’ve kept up the blog, I’ve broadened it to include reflections, reports and photos from various festivals and conferences I’ve checked out as well as unexpected experiences and run-ins I have while over here.

Comments welcome!

4 responses to “About

  • Elinor

    Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Taking a few minutes
    and actual effort to create a good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

  • Esperanza

    Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through a few of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m certainly pleased I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

  • Gisela Stewart

    Dear Caleb, is there any way of subscribing to your blog and of receiving updates directly into my inbox? This would be brilliant!

    Kind regards

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