Dr. Noriko Tsunoda Reider

Dr. Noriko Tsunoda ReiderProfessor of Japanese

Irvin Hall 149
(513) 529-2522


On Leave for Academic Year 2018-2019


1997 - Ph.D. - The Ohio State University, Japanese Language and Literature
1990 - M.A. - The Ohio State University, Japanese Language and Literature
1987 - M.A. - Sophia University, Japan
1986 - Master’s Certificate, Dai Nippon Sadō Gakkai (Tea Ceremony)
1982 - 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


  • JPN 201 - Second Year Japanese
  • JPN 202 - Second Year Japanese
  • JPN 231 - Japanese Tales of the Supernatural in English Translation
  • JPN 255 - Drama in China and Japan in English Translation
  • JPN 260 - Topics in Japanese Literature in English Translation
  • JPN 266 - Survey of Japanese Cinema: Japanese Film and Culture
  • JPN 279 - Buddhism and Culture: China and Japan
  • JPN 301 - Third Year Japanese
  • JPN 302 - Third Year Japanese
  • JPN 401 - Fourth Year Japanese
  • JPN 402 - Fourth Year Japanese


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


  • Visiting research scholar at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)
  • Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, and Performance Costs (PREP) award, Miami 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.

Book Chapters

  • “Demons” in Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan, edited by Felicia Katz-Harris. Forthcoming from Museum of New Mexico Press, 2019.
  • “La Città Incantata” (Enchanted City). In Marco Pellitteri, Mazinga Nostalgia: Storia, valori e linguaggi della Goldrake-generation dal 1978 al nuovo secolo (Nostalgia for Mazinger: History, values, and languages of the Grendizer-generation from 1978 to the current century), vol. 2, 1205–19. Latina: Tunué, 2018. First published in 2005.


  • “Yamauba versus Oni-Women: devouring and helping yamauba are two sides of one coin.” Forthcoming Asian Ethnology 78. 2 (2019).
  • “Spirited Away: Film of the Fantastic and Evolving Japanese Folk Symbols.” In Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 436, edited by Jennifer Stock, 166–176. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, a Cengage Company produced in association with Layman Poupard Publishing, 2018. First published in 2005.
  • “Chanoyu: Following Ceremony to a Tea.” Phi Kappa Phi Forum: 100 Years (Spring 2015): 32–35. First published in 2012.
  • 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.


  • “Mountain Witches: yamauba, market, and yamauba-gyaru.” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of American Folklore Society. Buffalo, New York. 2018.
  • “Violence in Traditional Japanese Literary Contexts: Legends of Yasaburō Basa.” Paper presented at Association of Japanese Literary Studies conference, Oberlin College, Ohio. 2018.
  • “Devouring and Helping Yamauba in Folktales: Two Sides of One Coin.” Paper presented at Asian Studies Conference Japan, Rikkyo University, Tokyo. 2017
  • “‘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


  • “Souls in Objects in Japanese Belief: Tsukumogami.” An invited speaker for the “21 Gram” Symposium at Craft Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. 2018
  • “Warrior Demon Conquerors.” An invited speaker for the Institute for Japanese Studies Lecture Series, the Ohio State University. 2017
  • “Supernatural World of Medieval Japan Otogizōshi: the Tale of Lord Haseo.” An invited speaker for Japanese Studies Lecture Series: Religion, Art, and Gender. University of Cincinnati. 2014
  • ‘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


  • Association of Japanese Literary Studies
  • Ohio-Japan Alumni Network
  • 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)