About Our Institute
The NCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions is a research institute of the National Christian Council in Japan (NCC-J), an umbrella of the Protestant churches. The Center is located in central Kyoto next to the former Imperial Palace. Its staff members are Japanese and foreign, Buddhist and Christian experts in religious studies and interreligious dialogue. It houses a specialized library on religions in Japan past and present, as well as on the encounter between religions.
The NCC Study Center was founded in 1959 and is the oldest Christian institute in Japan engaged in interreligious dialogue.
The library specializes in religion in Japan, including history, culture, literature and society. It holds about 6000 volumes and over 100 periodicals in English, German and Japanese.
It is open from Monday to Friday, 9:30 17:00 (except of public holidays).
The NCC Study Center was founded as the Christian Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions in 1959 by Rev. Harry Thomsen. In 1960 it became an institute of the National Christian Council in Japan (NCC-J) and received its present name. The subsequent directors were Prof. Kobayashi Sakae (Kwansei Gakuin University, 1960-62), Prof. Ariga Tetsutaro (Kyoto University, 1962-65), Prof. Doi Masatoshi (Doshisha University, 1965-85), and Prof. Yuki Hideo (Doshisha University, 1985-2004). For more information on the NCC Study Centers history and work, see Japanese Religons Vol. 25 (January 2000).