Skip to main content

In Memoriam: Kyoko Tokuno (1944-2021)

Professional image of Kyoko Tokuno. She is smiling.

October 14, 2021

We are saddened to announce that Kyoko Tokunoone of the longest serving senior lecturers at the Jackson School with Comparative Religion and Japan Studies, passed away on September 28, 2021, in Seattle. She was 77 years old.

Tokuno joined the University of Washington and the Jackson School nearly 20 years ago, and taught courses on Buddhism and world religion, and on Japan, Korea and East Asia. She received a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies in 1994 from the University of California and taught at the University of Oregon, joining the UW faculty in 2001. Her focus was on Buddhist texts and the cultures of medieval China and Japan, their relation to Indian Buddhism, and the development of Buddhist canon in East Asia.