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East & Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources
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Japan: Philosophy & Religion
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General Shinto Buddhism
Confucianism Bushidô New Religious Movements
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General
Bioethics & Japanese Culture: Brain Death, Patients' Rights, & Cultural Factors Corrected version ofMasahiro Morioka's article first published in Eubios Journal of Asian & International Bioethics 5 (1995)
Contemporary Papers on Japanese Religion Web edition of a series published by the Institute for Japanese Culture & Classics, Kokugakuin University
Encyclopedia Mythica: Japanese Mythology Indexed entries on Shinto & Buddhist deities
Folk Beliefs in Modern Japan One of the Contemporary Papers on Japanese Relgion, Kokugakuin University
Japanese Journal of Religious Studies Subscription information, & indices of past issues, with some downloadable entries
The Japanese Way of Death: A Funeral in Sapporo A paper by David Aldwinckle
Content-Rich Religion and Thought in Early Modern Japan Bibliographies of recent Western scholarship, compiled by Janine Sawada with James McMullen for the Early Modern Japan Network: Buddhist studies; Confucian studies; general, thematic & interreligious studies; heterodox & popular religious movements; School Shinto & Nativist studies
Religion in Japan (in German) Created by Bernhard Scheid, University of Vienna: General Introduction; Shinto shrines; Buddhist Temples; Religion and Everyday Life; Iconography; Myths and Beliefs; Religious History; bibliography; links; glossary of Japanese terms
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Shinto
Basic Terms of Shinto A searchable dictionary with glossary of Japanese names, terms & title from the Institute for Japanese Culture & Classics, Kokugakuin University
Cyber Shrine (in English & Japanese) Gallery of images of Shinto shrines
International Shinto Foundation Organization aiming to promote understanding of Shinto "as one of the most liberal and broad-minded religions"
Matsuri: Festival & Rite in Japanese Life One of the Contemporary Papers on Japanese Relgion, Kokugakuin University
Self-representation & Self-understanding of Religious Communities on the Japanese Internet (in English, German & Japanese) Project of the Japanese Department of Tuebingen University, "a study of the conception Japanese religious communities have of themselves by looking at the way they represent themselves on the WWW"
The Shinto Online Network Association "a non-profit volunteer organisation with the objective of publicising Japanese tradition & a correct understanding of the Shinto religion"
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Buddhism
Amida Net "A Compehensive Website of Pure Land Buddhism": mandalas; sutras; illustrated Pure Land scriptures; sayings & poems, etc.
Approaching Nirvana: A Modern Day Look at the Influence of Buddhism in Japan Photographs & words by Andy Darlow
Buddhist Syncretism in Japan Steve McCarty's entry for Encyclopedia of Monasticism, with photos (updated Sept. 2003)
Mount Koya, Japan Steve McCarty's entry on Kukai's Shingon Buddhist monastery atop Mount Koya for Encyclopedia of Monasticism, with photos (updated Sept. 2003)
Shikoku, the Pilgrimage Island of Japan Steve McCarty's entry for Encyclopedia of Monasticism, with photos (updated Sept. 2003)
Soka Gakkai International (in English, Spanish, & Chinese) History & activities of the Buddhist association; SGI Quarterly
Sokanet (in Japanese, English & Chinese) Official site of Soka Gakkai, lay religious association centered on the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism
Traditional Buddhism in Contemporary Japan Special issue of Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (2004, 31/2)
The Way of Zazen Essay on Zen by Shodo Harada Roshi
Zen An interactive multimedia introduction to the Zen experience, "powered by Kodaiji-Temple, Kyoto"
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See also the section on Buddhism in Asia.
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Confucianism
Confucian Studies The Early Modern Japan Network's bibliography of scholarly articles & books in Western languages (PDF format)
Tokugawa Neo-Confucianism A survey by Richard Hooker in his World Civilizations anthology
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Bushidô
NewA Book of Five Rings Treatise on sword-fighting strategy and Zen philosophy, by 17th century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, in the translation by Victor Harris
NewBudoshoshinshu: The Code of the Warrior Daidoji Yuzan's "textbook for young samurai which purports to lay down what was required of them in the latter half of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century"
NewChushingura & the Samurai Tradition Web site for Henry Smith's 2002 seminar at Columbia University: what is Bushido?; Kanadehon Chûshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers); English-language accounts of the tale of the 47 Rônin; Chushingura in Film
NewDeath, Honor, and Loyalty: The Bushido Ideal G. Cameron Hurst III's paper in Philosophy East & West (Oct. 1990)
NewHagakure (The Way of the Samurai): Selections "a manual for the samurai classes ... that give both insight and instruction--in the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of Bushido," by Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659-1719)
NewThe Unfettered Mind, -- Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master Treatise by Takuan Soho (1573-1645) , a Rinzai prelate
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New Religious Movements
Aleph Official site of the religious group formerly known as Aum
Apologetics Index: Aum shinrikyo (Aleph) News, books, articles, multimedia, & sites
Aum Shinrikyo A student project for New Religious Movements class at University of Virginia: profile; beliefs; update; links; bibliography
New Religions One of the Contemporary Papers on Japanese Religion, Kokugakuin University
Profile: Shoko Asahara Biography of the leader of the deadly Aum Shinrikyo cult (BBC News, Feb. 27, 2004)
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