2017   “Big Questions in the Study of Shinto.” Review of Breen, John; Teeuwen, Mark, A New History of Shinto and Hardacre, Helen, Shinto: A History and Scheid, Bernhard, ed., with Kate Wildman Nakai, Kami Ways in Nationalist Territory: Shinto Studies in Prewar Japan and the West and Takenaka, Akiko, Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan’s Unending Postwar and Teeuwen, Mark; Breen, John, A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital and Zhong, Yijiang, The Origin of Modern Shinto in Japan: The Vanquished Gods of Izumo. H-Japan, H-Net Reviews. November, 2017. (Open access)

2016   The Concept of Religion in Modern Japan: Religion, State, and Shintō by Isomae Jun’ichi. Monumenta Nipponica 71, no. 1 (2016): 186–191. (Paywall)

2016    Maxey, Trent. The ‘Greatest Problem’: Religion and State Formation in Meiji JapanThe Journal of Religion 96, no. 4 (2016): 571–572. (Paywall)

2014    Review: Benjamin Dorman, Celebrity Gods: New Religions, Media, and Authority in Occupied JapanNova Religio 17, no. 4 (2014): 104–105. (Paywall)

2014    “The Concept of Religion in Modern Japan: Imposition, Invention, or Innovation?” (a review of Hoshino Seiji, Kindai Nihon no shūkyō gainen: shūkyōsha no kotoba to kindai and Jason Ānanda Josephson, The Invention of Religion in Japan), Religious Studies in Japan 2.

2013    “Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II,” Dissertation Reviews: Fresh From the Archives, 4 March 2013 (

2013    “Archives on the Allied Occupation of Japan,” Dissertation Reviews: Fresh From the Archives, 4 February 2013 (

2010    “What would Jesus and Buddha do … on holiday?” The Guardian, “Comment is Free: Belief,”

2010    “Review: Mark W. MacWilliams, ed. Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime,” Asian Ethnology 69(1): 188–190.

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