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Carmen Blacker is Professor of Japanese in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has carried out extensive research on Japanese religious practices and folklore, including shamanism, mountain asceticism, animal witchcraft, and other topics. Her publications include: Japanese Enlightenment: A Study of the Writings of Fukuzawa Yukichi (Cambridge, 1964), The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan (London, 1986[1975]), Ancient Cosmologies (London, 1975), and Divination and Oracles (London, 1981), among others.


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