Chairman, the Association of Jinja Historians
Professor of historiography
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed toward
the creation of our new Association of Jinja Historians.
There have been associations that focused on Ichinomiya or Shikinaisha which are crucial to the studies of Shinto and shrines.
However, these studies do not represent all of the 80,000 shrines that exist in Japan. At the same time the origins of the shrines is not covered by these studies.
I believe that more comprehensive studies are needed now.
The new research will include many less famous shrines.
It is also necessary to approach the shrines from a historical perspective.
I have extensive experience as a Sinto historian. I have published books, participated in the nationwide research, and worked with undergraduate and graduate students.
I have also presented at various academic conferences and contributed to the editing of newsletters.
It is my sincere hope that I will be able to further the jinjya studies together with the members of this association, making use of my experiences.
The jinjya has been studied from the point of view of many different fields.
For example, the natural science focused on the jinjya forests and the social sciences looked into the role the jinjya played in society.
Literature, geography and archeology have also been involved.
What is needed, I believe, is the historical research that will serve as the critical base for the various interdisciplinary studies mentioned above.
We have excellent scholars and students as members who share these goals.
Lively discussions and active research is underway.
I sincerely hope that this new association will shed a new light on the studies of Shinto.