The following researchers are attached to the Meiji Jingu Intercultural Research Institute, and pursue research on the divine virtues, the history of Meiji Jingu, Shinto and Budo, and other topics.
Yoshiko Imaizumi, Senior Research Fellow
Field of specialization: Meiji Jingu history
Born in Iwate Prefecture in 1970. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, specializing in Comparative Literature and Culture, she worked as a magazine editor, then took a program of Shinto studies at Kokugakuin University and obtained a Shinto priest's diploma. She received her Ph.D from SOAS, University of London, in 2007 and recently published Sacred Space in the Modern City: The Fractured Parts of Meiji Shrine, 1912-1958(Brill). Concurrently serves as a visiting associate professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies and as an associate research fellow at the Center for Promotion of Excellence and Education, Kokugakuin University. Her publication in Japanese include: Meiji Jingu: Sengo fukkō no kiseki (Kajima shuppankai, 2008); Meiji Jingu: "Dentō" o tsukutta dai purojekuto (Shinchōsha, 2013); Meiji Nihon no Nightingale tachi: Sekai o sukuitsuzukeru sekijūji "Shoken kōtaigō kikin" no 100 nen (Fusōsha, 2014) ; She is co-author of Tokyo no re-design (Seibunsha, 2010); Meiji Jingu izen/igo: Kindai jinja o meguru kankyō keisei no kōzō tenkan (Kajima shuppankai, 2014) and Tennō no dining hall (Shibunkaku, 2017).
Takaaki Uchikoshi, Senior Research Fellow
Field of Specialization: Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken's divine virtues and achievements
Born in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1960. After completing a master's program at the Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University, worked as an assistant at Waseda University and in other capacities before taking up a post as a full-time researcher at the Okura Institute for the Study of Spiritual Culture. Joined the staff at Meiji Jingu in 2009, and is pursuing research and study on the enshrined deities (Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken). Concurrently serves as a visiting researcher at the Okura Institute for the Study of Spiritual Culture.
Currently undertaking a study of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken's historic sites that remain throughout Japan, and contributing a series entitled "Research into historic sites related to Emperor Meiji"; to Meiji Jingu Intercultural Research Institute's Kamizono journal, a series entitled "Visiting Holy Sites"; to Meiji Jingu's newsletter "Yoyogi" and a series of article to Meiji Jingu monthly brochure "Magokoro". His literary works include Meiji Tenno no Goshogai - Kaiga to Seiseki de Tadoru (Tracing Emperor Meiji's Life Through Paintings and Holy Sites) (KADOKAWA), Shoken Kotaigo no Goshogai - Miuta to Miato de Tadoru (Tracing Empress Shoken's Life Through Poems and Holy Sites) (KADOKAWA), Meiji Tenno no Seiseki wo Aruku - Nishinihonhen (Retracing the Footsteps of Emperor Meiji: Holy Sites in Western Japan) (KADOKAWA); and the jointly-edited Nihonshugiteki Gakusei Shiso Undo Shiryo Shusei I/II (Ideological Movements of Nationalistic Students; Collected Documents I & II) (Kashiwashobo Publishing).
Yuzo Nakano, Researcher
Field of Specialization Shinto theology; study of ancient Japanese literature and culture
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1963. Completed doctoral course majoring in Shinto Studies at the Graduate School of Letters at Kokugakuin University. Ph.D. (Shinto Studies). Took up position at Meiji Jingu in 2013, after serving as a part-time lecturer at Kokugakuin University's Faculty of Shinto Studies and a special full-time lecturer at the Kokugakuin University Centre for Promotion of Excellence in Research and Education.
His literary works include Kokugakusha no Kami Shinkou - Shinto Shingaku ni Motozuku Kousatsu (Spiritual Beliefs of Scholars of Japanese Literature and Culture - A Shinto Theology-based Perspective), and his princip al dissertations include "Sapporo Jinja no Saijin - Okunitamanokami no Shintoku wo Megutte"; (The Enshrined Deities of Sapporo Shrine - Concerning the Divine Virtues of Okunitamanokami) (included in 7th edition of the Kokugakuin University Centre for Promotion of Excellence in Research and Education's Kenkyu Kiyo (Research Journal)).
Hiroyuki Tonami, Researcher
Field of Specialization Modern religious history
Born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1978. Completed doctoral course at the Graduate School of Letters at Kokugakuin University. Ph.D. (Religious Studies). Took up position at Meiji Jingu in 2012, after serving as a post-doctorate researcher at Kokugakuin University's Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development, where he was attached to the Center for Traditional Culture, and undertaking commissioned research for the Meiji Japan Society.
His literary works include Meiji Shoki no Kyoka to Shinto (Shinto and Education in the Early Meiji Period) (Koubundou Publishing).