EHIME UNIVERSITY Faculty of Law and Letters Research Center for the Shikoku Henro and Pilgrimages of the World
3, Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama, Ehime, 790-8577, JAPAN
Phone & Fax: +81- 89 – 927 – 9312
Aims of our project
The Research Center for the Shikoku Henro and Pilgrimages of the World was established in April 2015 as an institution affiliated to the Faculty of Law and Letters, Ehime University. Our center consists of researchers in various disciplines such as history, literature, sociology, philosophy, law, economy, and tourism.
The aims of our Center are as follows:
1) Investigate the history of the Shikoku Henro and its activities in modern society;
2) Develop comparative studies with pilgrimages of the world;
3) Contribute to local communities through interdisciplinary studies and assist with the movement to get the Shikoku Henro registered as a World Heritage site.
Division of domestic study
There are many unanswered questions concerning the Shikoku Henro such as its origin and the reason why it has “eighty-eight” temples. Among those who make the Shikoku Henro there are an increasing number of people from around the world who visit the temples with various motives.
The aims of this division are as follows:
1) Study historical aspects of the Shikoku Henro from ancient to modern periods through interdisciplinary approach;
2) Investigate various activities of contemporary Shikoku Henro through field research.
Division of international study
There are many pilgrimages in the world, for example, Camino de Santiago, Hajj, and Mount Wutai in China. Many people from various countries make journeys to sacred places of their own religion. This Division aims to study history and contemporary activities of pilgrimages in the world and to develop comparative studies with the Shikoku Henro.
Division of Domestic Study
|Senior Assistant professor
Division of International Study
Proceedings of the 2014 “The Shikoku Henro and Pilgrimages of the World” – Public Lecture and Research Meeting(pub. March 2015)
Understanding the religious world of Kūkai through the experiences of modern-day Shikoku pilgrims.
Sculptures, paintings and calligraphic work, and artwork of Temple 52,Taisanji – An investigation into the “Kūkai no Ashiato – Shikoku Henro Exhibition” commemorating the 1200th year of the founding of the Shikoku pilgrimage
Ken NAGAI, Hitomi ISHIOKA
The Shikoku pilgrimage of the early Edo period – tracing the footsteps of Chōzen
A comparison of various copies of Shikoku Henro Michishirube
The Mazu pilgrimage of Taiwan and China – its formation, development and present situation
Publication by EHIME UNIVERSITY -The Shikoku pilgrimage and Pilgrimages of the World
A study of the Shikoku Henro Michishirube of the Seto Inland Sea Folk History Museum
Proceedings of the 2013 “The Shikoku Henro and Pilgrimages of the World” – Public Lecture and Research Meeting (pub. March 2014)
Various aspects of pilgrims during the Edo period – using materials along the Kumano Kodō
Shikoku as seen through pilgrim diaries – from the inside and outside
Pilgrimages to sacred sites of the Shiites – focusing on pilgrimages to sacred tombs in Iran and Iraq
Embarking on the Shikoku pilgrimage from Etchu province – examining the contents of “Dōchū kozukai tomechō”
The worship of saints of Morocco and pilgrimages – from a cultural anthropological viewpoint
Various aspects of pilgrimage and travel diaries
Proceedings of the 2012 “The Shikoku Henro and Pilgrimages of the World” – Public Lecture and Research Meeting (pub. March 2013)
Religion and Kingship in Ancient Greece: Peak Sanctuaries and Minoan Kingship
Worship of Mount Ishizuchi and the Shikoku Pilgrimage
A Mountain Forest Temple: The Site of Nakadera Ruined Temple and the Ageof Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi)
Temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage As Seen from an Archeological Standpoint: From a Survey of Tairyūji and Kakurinji Temples
Aspects of Mountain Worship in the Shikoku Pilgrimage: Shikoku Pilgrimage Temples in Tosa and Mountain Worship
Views of Female Impurity in Relation to Japanese Mountain Worship and the ShikokuPilgrimage
Mountain Worship and the Shikoku Pilgrimage
Proceedings of the 2011 “The Shikoku Henro and Pilgrimages of the World” – Public Lecture and Research Meeting (pub. March 2012)
Enhancing Local Potential through the Culture of the Shikoku Pilgrimage: In the Case of Naruto University of Education
“The Shikoku Pilgrimage on Foot” as a trial General Education course at Ehime University