I am a PhD student in Asian Studies. I completed my MA in History at Boğaziçi University in August 2018, where I wrote a thesis entitled “From Belief to Religion: Understanding the Gion Festival as a Politico-cultural Phenomenon” focusing on the ideological development of the concept of religion in Japan through a case study of the Yasaka/Gion Shrine in the city of Kyoto. Shifting gears for my PhD study and currently working on Japanese popular culture, I am interested in how narratives in pop cultural products operate as parts of modern ideologies and how they become politicized. In a broader sense, I am still interested in the history of Japan and religion, and pursuing connections between my earlier studies and popular culture.