Takashi Miura's research focuses on Japanese religion during the early-modern and modern periods. His current book project examines the spread of the concept of "world renewal" (yonaoshi) in Japanese society from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century and in particular highlights the rise of "yonaoshi gods," a new category of divinities that emerged in Japan during the same time period. Miura's broad research interests include new religion, popular religion, millenarianism, and Buddhism. He also investigates the exchange of religious ideas, texts, and movements in modern East Asia, particularly between Japan and China. He teaches courses on Japanese religion focusing on different time periods (ancient, medieval, and modern) and Buddhism. He holds a doctorate in Asian Religions from Princeton as well as an M.A. (Asian Religions) and B.A. (Religion/Japanese-English Translation) from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
An introduction to Buddhism as both a religion and an array of cultural traditions, with emphasis on its various contributions to the formation of the South, Central, Southeast, and East Asian civilizations.