Cultural Identity and Buddhism in Japan

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Jundo Nagashima

Abstract

Cultural identity seems to be very much individual, subjective, vague and fl uid
although collective identity in a group is also referred to as cultural identity. Japanese people
had to have a religious identity as Buddhists in the Edo period because everyone was affiliated
with a Buddhist monastery. Although it is almost impossible to preserve religious identity in the
process of modernization, it is necessary for Japanese Buddhism to provide with satisfactory
supply of religious supports. I would like to look into the history of Buddhism in Japan to
find out why Buddhism does not meet the religious demand from Japanese people. In this
presentation, I will talk about the characteristics of Japanese cultural identity with regard to
religions, especially Buddhism.

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Nagashima, J. (2018). Cultural Identity and Buddhism in Japan. The Journal of International Association of Buddhist Universities (JIABU), 11(3), 326–333. Retrieved from https://so06.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/Jiabu/article/view/219793
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Jundo Nagashima, Department of Buddhist Studies, Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan

Assistant Professor, Department of Buddhist Studies,
Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan.

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