Shusake Yagi

Shusuke Yagi

Professor of Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Anthropology, and Film Studies

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Born in Kobe, Japan. Brought up in Thailand for five years. Undergraduate study in Japan. Graduate study in the United States.


  • Furman Standard (2011) (one of the six active Furman faculty members honored for their teaching and mentoring)


  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • M.A., University of Washington
  • B.A., International Christian University, Tokyo

Research Interests

  • transdisciplinary studies
  • religion
  • Japanese literature
  • literary theory
  • Japanese art
  • myths and folklore
  • non-western episteme
  • self-organizing systems
  • political ideology and kingship
  • cosmology; philosophy of sciences
  • psychological anthropology
  • Japanese Popular Culture


  • Japanese View of Nature: The World of Living Things by Kinji Imanishi. London and New York: Routledge Curzon. 2002 (2003 Paperback)
  • Review of Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community. In Journal of Asian and African Studies
  • "Santi Asoke." In Tai no Jiten (Encyclopedia of Thailand). Yoneo Ishii (ed.). Kyoto: Dohosha. In Japanese.