Dr. Noriko Tsunoda Reider

Dr. Noriko Tsunoda ReiderProfessor of Japanese

Irvin Hall 149
(513) 529-2522


On Leave for Academic Year 2018-2019


YYYY - Ph.D. - The Ohio State University, Japanese Language and Literature

YYYY - M.A. - Sophia University, Japan

YYYY - Master’s Certificate, Dai Nippon Sadô Gakkai (Tea Ceremony)

YYYY - A.B. - Sophia University, Japan


  • Japanese tales of the supernatural and folklore
  • Classical, medieval, and early modern Japanese prose and drama
  • Japanese film
  • Japanese history and culture



  • Summer Research Appointment, and Grant to Promote Research and Scholarship, Miami University
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, The Ohio State University


  • Grant for Short-term Research Travel by the Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies  (AAS)
  • Hampton Fund for Faculty International Initiatives, Miami University
  • Small Grant to Improve Teaching, Miami University



  • Seven Demon Stories from Medieval Japan. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2016.
  • Japanese Demon Lore: Oni, from Ancient Times to the Present. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2010.
  • Tales of the Supernatural in Early Modern Japan: Kaidan, Akinari, Ugetsu Monogatari. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2002.


  • The Tale of Amewakahiko, A Japanese Medieval Story.” Marvels & Tales. 29. 2 (2015): 265–282.
  • “Haseo soshi: a Medieval Scholar’s Muse.” Japanese Studies 35. 1 (February 2015): 103-118. 
  • 「『長谷雄草紙』―鬼と学者と鬼造美女」(“Haseo sôshi: oni to gakusha to kizô bijo,” The Tale of Lord Haseo: Literati, Demons, and Beauty Created from Dead Bodies). The Tradition and Creation of Yokai Culture: From the Viewpoint of Inside and Outside. Ed. Komatsu Kazuhiko. The 45th International Research Symposium. Kyoto: International Research Institute for Japanese Studies (2015): 109–117.
  • “Tsuchigumo sōshi”: The Emergence of a Shape-Shifting Killer Female Spider. Asian Ethnology 72. 1 (2013): 55–83.
  • "Menoto no sôshi (A Tale of Nurses): Teaching for the Women of High Society in the Medieval Period." U.S.­Japan Women¹s Journal 42 (2012): 62­83.
  • "Chanoyu: Following Ceremony to a Tea." Phi Kappa Phi (Fall 2012): 8­11.
  • ”Hanayo no hime: ‘Blossom Princess’ A Late Medieval Stepdaughter Story and Provincial Customs.” Asian Ethnology 70.1 (2011): 59-80.
  • "Animating Objects: Tsukumogami ki and the Medieval Illustration of Shingon Truth." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 36. 2 (2009): 232-257.
  • "Ôeyama Shuten Dôji: A Voice of Other and Carnivalesque." Japanese Studies 28. 3 (2008): 383-394.
  • "Onmyôji: Sex, Pathos, and Grotesquery in Yumemakura Baku¹s Oni." Asian Folklore Studies 66. 1 (2007): 107 24.
  • "Spirited Away: Film of the Fantastic and Evolving Japanese Folk Symbols." Film Criticism 29. 3 (Spring 2005): 4-27.
  • "Yamauba: Representation of the Japanese Mountain Witch in the Muromachi and Edo Periods." International Journal of Asian Studies 2. 2 (July 2005) 239-264.
  • "Akira Kurosawa¹s Dreams as seen through the Principles of Classical Japanese Literature and Performing Art." Japan Forum 17. 2 (July 2005): 257-272.
  • "Transformation of Oni: From the Frightening and Diabolic to the Sexy and Cute." Asian Folklore Studies 62. 1 (2003): 133-157.


  • “‘Tsuchigumo sôshi’: Beauty, Demon, and Earth Spider.” Paper delivered at Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Western Michigan University, Michigan. 2012
  • Hanayo no hime: ‘Blossom Princess’ – Yamauba, Obasute, and Provincial Customs in a Late Medieval Story.” Paper delivered at Asian Studies Conference Japan, Waseda University, Tokyo. 2010
  • Menoto no sôshi: humor and instructions for the women of high society in the medieval period.” Paper delivered at the Meeting for Association of Teachers of Japanese held in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago. 2009
  • Tsukumogami: Amusement, Asobi-gokoro, and Appeal of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism,” paper presented at Midwest Japan Seminar at the Midwest Conference of Asian Affairs, St. Olaf College, Minnesota. 2008
  • “Dragons, Serpents, and Demons in the Otogi zôshi Texts.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the American Folklore Society, Quebec, Canada. 2007
  • “Nakagami Kenji’s `Oni no hanashi’ (A Tale of a Demon): Oni of Destabilizing Text.” Paper delivered at Asian Studies Conference Japan, Meiji gakuin University, Tokyo. 2007
  • “Fantastic World of Spirited Away: Japanese Folklore and Symbolism.” Paper delivered at the Third International Conference of Humanities, University of Cambridge, England. 2005


  • “‘Tales of Lord Haseo’: Literati, Demons, and Beauty Created from Dead Bodies.” Lecture/paper given at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan 2013
  • “Yamauba in Folklore, Media and on the Stage.” Lecture given at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.    2007
  • “Manga and Ogre.” Paper presented in the Astro Boy Seminar 3, “The Influence of Japanese manga.” Ohio State University. 2003


  • Midwest Japan Seminar
  • Association for Teachers of Japanese
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • The American Folklore Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi, honorary fraternity.


  • Japanese (native)
  • English (near-native)