Dr. Noriko Tsunoda Reider

Dr. Noriko Tsunoda Reider


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

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Courses Taught at Miami

  • 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

Grants and Awards

  • 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

Selected Publications

  • Mountain Witches: Yamauba. Logan: Utah State University Press, June 2021.
  • 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
  • “Introduction: locating the yamamba.” In Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch. Edited by Rebecca Copeland and Linda C.  Ehrlick, 13–24 California: The Stone Bridge Press, 2021.
  • “Japanese Studies at Miami University of Ohio.” Sekai no nihon kenkyū 2019 (Japanese Studies in the World 2019).Edited by Ayako Kusunoki, 74–84. Kyoto: International Research Center for Japan Studies, 2020.
  • "The Life and Lore of Oni." In Yokai: Ghosts, Demons & Monsters of Japan, edited by Felicia Katz-Harris. (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2019).
  • “Snow Woman Yukionna: From Spirit of Snow to Icy Hot Female.” Journal of American Folklore 163 no. 541 (summer 2023): forthcoming.
  • "A Tale of Calligraphy Brushes (Hikketsu no Monogatari): A Humorous Medieval Instructional Tale, Annotated Translation with Translator's Introduction." Asian Ethnology 81 no. 1/2 (2022): 87-107.
  • "Yamauba versus Oni-Women: devouring and helping yamauba are two sides of one coin." Asian Ethnology 78. 2 (2019): 403-427


  • "A Tale of Calligraphy Brushes: A 15th century instructional otogiz?shi and happyaku bikuni." Paper delivered at the 70th Midwest Conference on Asian Association. Indiana University via Zoom. October 2021.
  • "Image of 'Yamauba and Spinning Wheel' and the Noh plays Yamanba and Kurozuka." Paper delivered at the 68th Midwest Conference on Asian Association. Michigan State University, Michigan October 2019.
  • “Yamauba(zō) ni tsuite no ichikōsatsu” (A Thought on An (Image) of Yamauba). Paper delivered at Kokusai nihon bunka kenkyū sentā kikan kyotengata kikan kenkyū purojekuto: Taishū bunka no tsūjiteki, kokusaiteki kenkyū ni yoru atarashii nihonzō no sōshutsu. International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, 2019.
  • "Violence in Traditional Japanese Literary Contexts: Legends of Yasaburo Basa." Paper presented at Association of Japanese Literary Sudies conference, Oberlin College, Ohio February 2018.
  • “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. February 2018.

Invited Lectures

  • "Mountain Witches Yamauba: enigmatic female in the mountains." Delivered at the Museum of International Folk Art in New Mexico via Zoom. April 2022
  • "Yamauba, A Benevolent and Malevolent Mountain Witch." Delivered at Sinclair Community College via Zoom. March 2021.
  • “Oni to kijo to yamauba to – yamauba to oni no kankei” (Demons, Female Demons, and Mountain Witches – Relationship between mountain witches and demons). Delivered at the 329th Nichibunken Forum at Hātopia Kyoto, Kyoto, 2019.
  • “Souls in Objects in Japanese Belief: Tsukumogami.” For the “21 Gram” Symposium at Craft Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. November 2018

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • 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.


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