Japanese dating schools
Until the 1960s, the field was populated mostly by college teachers and museum curators interested in collecting, but they had little or no training in Asian languages.Today the field is rooted firmly in Asian language sources and is highly specialized, with most universities emphasizing cult-specific, site-specific, ritual-specific, and deity-specific studies.
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Together they represent an invaluable reference work for Buddhist studies.
The study of Japanese religions and religious art has expanded greatly in the West over the past five decades.
A third copious source of information comes from temples, practitioners, spiritualists, and independent web bloggers.
Their publications are written for the general public but suffer from too much preaching, promoting, fabrication, self-interest, inconsistency, inaccuracy, and just plain "unreadability." Don’t get me wrong.