Yagi (Yaara) Morris completed a BA in Art History and East Asian Studies and an MA in East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University, specializing in Japanese culture and language. She wrote her MA thesis on the transformation of the Dōjōji narrative from a Buddhist tale to a Noh play, and thereafter became interested more broadly in Japanese myth and legend.
Having completed her MA, she spent two years in Japan as a research student at Tokyo University and studied Japanese language at the Inter-University Center in Yokohama. She then went on the Shikoku pilgrimage, after which she decided to do a PhD in Japanese religions. During her second stay in Japan, as a Ph.D. student, she studied Kanbun at Waseda University.
She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), in the Department of the Study of Religions. Her dissertation looks at the cultic site of Zaō Gongen at Kinpusen and examines issues of sacred space and sacred kingship during the medieval period. She focuses on the Kinpusen himitsuden (The Secret Transmission of Mount Kinpu), a mythological, ritual and cosmological text written by monk Monkan Kōshin in 1337 for the ritual practices of Emperor Go-Daigo.