Norifumi Sakai is an Associate Professor at Keio University, Japan. His research interests include Daoist rituals, Daoist abbeys, and Daoist sacred sites from Song to Ming China. He has published several academic articles, including Localization of Daoist Thunder Rites (2012), Hereditary Abbot system of Daoist Abbey in Song and Yuan China (2016), and Daoist Sacred Sites and Daoist Abbeys in Travel Records in Song China (2021). During his stay at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, he will research Daoist liturgical manuals in the collection of the Harvard-Yenching Library and conduct a comparative study of pre-modern and modern Daoist Rituals. This research is an extension and development of his previous research focus.