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NISHITANI Masaru Historical change of Subsistence, Shifting cultivation, Rice field, Market

Museum Science Division


OKUBO Junichi Study of Ukiyo-e, Study of landscape in later Edo period
SAITO Tsutomu Chemical studies of materials, manufacturing-technique and provenance on cultural properties
SAKAMOTO Minoru Dating and provenance research on historical and archaeological materials by isotope analysis
SUZUKI Takuzi Study of museum information systems to support research activities, exhibition, and public relations: Especially interested in information processing of color and image
HIDAKA Kaori History of Japanese lacquerwork

Associate Professors

KOSETO-HORYU Emi Chemical analysis of cultural properties, Studies in the relationship between environments and deterioration of cultural objects
SAWADA Kazuto Relationship between material, technique and idea of clothes, Vestment of Buddhist priest mainly in Muromachi period
SHIMADZU Yoshiko Identification of paint materials by chemical analysis; Studies on painting techniques and materials of polychrome works of art and archaeology

History Division


OGURA Shigeji History of Shinto shrine system in ancient Japan, Historical studies of the Imperial Court libraries in premodern Japan
KOJIMA Michihiro Towns and society in medieval Japan; Museum education
NITO Atsushi Establishment process of Japanese ancient capital cities, Theoretical study of ancient sovereignty, Ancient local societies
HIGUCHI Takehiko Former Bakufu retainers

Associate Professors

TANAKA Hiroki History of Warrior Bands and Warrior Lords in medieval Japan
HARAYAMA Kosuke Formation and transformation of Japanese consumer society; Social movements of Japanese Americans
FUKUOKA Mariko Diplomacy and cross-cultural intercourse in the 19th Century  East Asia,History of German-Dutch-Japanese Relations
YOSHII Fumi Modern Japan’s China Policy and its Influence on the International Society; Research on Japan’s Imperialism

Assistant Professors

YOSHIMURA Satoko Anthropological study on the use and management of the forest areas in Japan, Anthropological study on the socio-ecological adaptation of the pastoral people Himba in Namibia

Archaeology Division


HAYASHIBE Hitoshi Study on formation process of imperial palaces and capitals in ancient Japan, Comparative study on imperial palaces and capitals in East Asia, Archaeological study on ancient local communifies
FUJIO Shin'ichiro Transition to agriculture in prehistory; History of iron production; Construction of the Yayoi and Kofun period by radiocarbon dating
MATSUGI Takehiko Early state formation during the Kofun period in the Japanese archipelago; Archaeological studies of weapon, warfare and military systems; Theoretical archaeology based on Darwinism and cognitive science

Associate Professors

UENO Yoshifumi Archaeological study of ancient East Asia
TAKATA Kanta Archaeological research on ancient Japan-Korea relationship
MURAKI Jiro Archaeological studies in the middle ages

Folklore and Folklife Division


KOIKE Jun'ichi Folk belief, A History of Folklore, Writing Culture on Foutain Pens
SEKIZAWA Mayumi Folklore perspectives on society and rituals
MATSUO Kouichi Folk religion/belief and ritual/performing arts; Research on craftmen's ritual and magic; Comparative folklore in East Asia
UCHIDA Junko Research on ethnographic audio-visual
YAMADA Shinya Funeral ritual and cultural concept of death, Modern society and folk culture, Death and life studies

Associate Professors

AOKI Takahiro Sake brewing industry, Formative process of moral precepts
KAWAMURA Kiyoshi Research on contemporary festival and folk preformances, Represented folk culture in media and folklorism
SHIBASAKI Shigemitsu Protected area management,and Interrelationship between protected
areas and local communities
MATSUDA Mutsuhiko Comprehensive study on subsistence techniques and subsistence related ways of life including religious beliefs, rituals and social organization

Research Department


MIKAMI Yoshitaka Study on the history of exchange of ancient East Asia character culture; Study of ancient monetary history; Factual study of ancient and medieval local communities

Associate Professors

ARAKI Kazunori

Study of the international exchanges in medieval Japan; Study of the history of interactions between Japan and Korea from the 14th to the 17th century

GOTO Makoto Digital humanities; Integrated studies of cultural and research resources; Digitalization and analysis of Shosoin documents and museum collections; The study of discovery methodologies
HIURA Satoko Education and religion under the Japanese colonial rule

Research Professors

KURUSHIMA Hiroshi Historical characteristics of regional communities in the late Edo period; Ceremonies, observances and festivals in early modern Japanese society; Representations and exhibitions at history museums; Museum educational programs and their assessment

Research Associate Professors

AMANO Masashi Political and cultural history in the 19th century Japan; Japanese paleography; Preserving historical materials

Assistant Professors

HASHIMOTO Yuta  Digital Humanities; Crowdsourcing on historical manuscripts; History of modern science, especially of mathematics in the 19th century

Research Assistant Professors

KAMEDA Akihiro Research related to information technologies that allow regional knowledge to be shared and inherited by future generations
KAWAI Sachiko Research on premier royal ladies (nyoin) in medieval Japan, cultural history of premodern Japanese hot springs, women’s and gender history
KIYOTAKE Yuji Research on tribute and taxation systems in ancient Japan;  Research on the introduction and development of written culture and administration