Tetsuo Yamaori

Religious scholar
Honorary Professor of International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Specialist in religious studies, history of ideas, views on life and death, making difficult topics easier to understand, as well as being a famous religious scholar for debating with a unique point of view.


1931- : Born in San Francisco, USA
1954- : Graduated from the Tohoku University, department of Indian philosophy and worked as an assistant starting 1961
1976- : Komazawa University Associate Professor
1977- : Tohoku University Associate Professor
1982- : Professor at the National Museum of Japanese History
1988- : Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies and then became its director and honorary professor
2000- : Director of Graduate School at the Kyoto University of Art and Design

Literary Work

“Lust and intellectual history” Shogakukan Inc.
“If I talk about death” Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.
“Testuo Yamaori selection, manners to live”, 3 volume, Shogakukan Inc.
“Views on life and death from a 17 year old” questions and answers with high school students, The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.
Other- Great number of literary work


2001- : Kyoto Shimbun Award, Culture and Science Award
2002- : Intelectual history of lust, Watsuji Tetsuro Culture Award (general category)
2003- : 54th NHK Broadcasting Culture Award
2010- : Kumagusu Minakata Award, the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon


I look forward to seeing the achievements of African orphans as they calmly reflect on the history of Africa, carve out new foundations for Africa from the ground beneath their feet, and forge a future for Africa in the wider world.

From the left, Professor Yamaori and Ashinaga President Tamai

Letter of Appointment

From the left, Ashinaga President Tamai and Professor Yamaori