A survey of the major religious traditions of Japan from prehistory to the present. This can include forms of Buddhism, Shinto, mountain religions, Christianity, Confucianism, and new religious movements. We discuss the ways that these traditions were formed and transformed through contact with Japanese culture and each other. We analyze how the beliefs, doctrines, and practices of Japanese religious traditions have been applied to or affected contemporary issues such as gender or status discrimination, medical ethics, disaster relief, and international politics. We also discuss how these traditions have influenced literature, theater, manga, and anime. Distribution Requirements: HE, IP.