KIMURA Toshiaki is Professor in the Graduate School in the Faculty of Arts and Letters at Tohoku University. After graduating from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University, he went on to earn a PhD in Literature from the same university. He previously served as Lecturer at Hirosaki University and as Visiting Researcher at the Harvard-Yenching Institute. His research fields include religious studies and religious anthropology. He has published many papers, especially on Indonesian society and religion, and his research interests include disaster and religion and ritual transformation.