SAWAI Yoshitsugu

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SAWAI Yoshitsugu
Tenri University
Faculty of Human Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies
Job title
Professor of the Department of Religious Studies, Tenri University
Ph.D.(Harvard University), M.A.(Tohoku University), Master of Theological Studies(M.T.S.)(Harvard Divinity School), D.LITT.(Tohoku University)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Oyasato Research Institute, Tenri University,


Faculty of Literature, Tenri University
History of Religion, Graduate School, Division of Humanities, Harvard University

Committee Memberships

American Academy of Religion  member
Japan Association of Religion and Ethics  President
The Japanese Association for Religious Studies  director
Japan Association of Religion and Ethics  Adviser

Awards & Honors

The Award of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies
The Award of the Institute of Eastern Culture


Religious Diversity and Contemporary Societies: Toward New Perspectives in Religious Studies”(改訂版)
第六期 1-26   Dec 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
Futatsu Hitotsu Logic: Oneness in Two
Tenri Journal of Religion, Tenri University Press   (36) 179-191   2008
Texts and Their Creative Interpretations: Reflections on the Vedanta Philosophy as the Hermeneutics of Upanisads
Tenri Journal of Religion
(no. 34,) pp. 145-153.   2006
Constructing a New Bio-ethics from the Perspective of Toshihiko Izutsu’s "Oriental Philosophy"
Tenri Journal of Religion   (no. 34) pp. 137-143.   2006
Fushigi: Miracle in Tenrikyo Semantics
Tenri Journal of Religion   (No. 33) pp. 33-48.   2005

Books etc

"The Structure of Reality in Izutsu's Oriental Philosophy," in: Anis Malik Thona ed., Japanese Contribution to Islamic Studies
International Islamic University Malaysia Press   2010   
"Izutsu's Creative "Reading" of Oriental Thought and Its Development," in: Toshihiko Izutsu, The Structure of Oriental Philosophy
Keio University Press.   2008   
“Perspectivas religiosas de la naturaleza en culturas de Asia Oriental,” Galicia y Japón: del sol naciente al sol poniente (IX Encontros Internacionais de filosofía no Camiño de Santiago)
Universidade da Coruña, Servizo de Publicación   2008   
"Horizons of ‘Prayer’ as a Religious Concept: A Reconsideration of Friedrich Heiler’s Theory of Religion," Prayer as Interaction
Tenri University Press   2007   
"Contemporary Issues Regarding the Family and Education: A Tenrikyo Point of View,” Tenrikyo-Christian Dialogue II
Tenri University Press   2005   


The Survey and Examination of the New Tendencies on the Study of "Religion" in Modern World
2003 - 2005
Ethnological Studies on the Hindu Worldview
1988 - 1991
Visiting Scholar at Harvard University(History of Religion)
1988 - 1989
Field-work at the Ved(]J1107[)nta Monastery in India
1982 - 1983

Research Grants & Projects

Methodology of Phenomenology of Religion
Project Year: 1977   
Hermeneutical Study of Indian Philosophy
Project Year: 1977   
Tenrikyo Theological Studies
Project Year: 1984   
Reconsideration of Monotheism and the Dialogues among Civilizations
SCF System for Establishment and Support of Center's of Excellence
Project Year: 2003 - 2005
A Study of the Religious Theories in Religious Studies