IMAP/IDOC Virtual Event: Paul Swanson, Reflections on a Past Pilgrimage (this Thursday)

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Caleb Carter

May 9, 2022, 1:02:02 AMMay 9
Dear Colleagues,

Please consider joining us this Thursday for a discussion with Paul Swanson on his photographs and experience from the Okugaku pilgrimage route in Yoshino nearly fifty years ago.

This event is hosted by the International Master's Program (IMAP) and International Doctorate (IDOC) in Japanese Humanities at Kyushu University. For questions, please contact

We hope to see many of you there!

With warm regards,
Caleb Carter

Reflections on a Past Pilgrimage: The 1975 Omine Okugake Journey

Presented by Paul Swanson

With a response by Carina Roth


May 12, 5pm JST


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Paul Swanson recently discovered the original negatives of photos taken during the 1975 Omine pilgrimage, some of which were used for his MA thesis and his article “Shugendo and the Yoshino-Kumano Pilgrimage” (Monumenta Nipponica 36/1, 1981). He will share these pictures and reflect on his experiences in the mountains with the yamabushi almost 50 years ago.


Dr. Paul L. Swanson has just retired after 37 years as a research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, where he was editor of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. His main areas of academic research include Shugendo and Tendai Buddhism.


Dr. Carina Roth is a senior lecturer and research fellow at the Department of East Asian Studies and La Maison de l'histoire, University of Geneva and Switzerland. She specializes in the history and anthropology of Japanese religions and is one of the editors of Defining Shugendō: Critical Studies on Japanese Mountain Religion (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).

Caleb Carter 

Assistant Professor, Japanese Religions and Buddhist Studies

Kyushu University, Faculty of Humanities

International Master's and Doctoral Program in Japanese Humanities (IMAP/IDOC)

President, Society for the Study of Japanese Religions

A Path into the Mountains: Shugendō and Mount Togakushi. University of Hawai'i Press, May 2022

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