Joint Research Projects

Research Group 1-2. Integrated Research on the History of Marine Products in the Waters around the Japanese Archipelago

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Since 2007 we have held an annual meeting for the study of history of marine products. In addition to strengthening the research partnerships and networks that have emerged from these meetings, this project will build on the results achieved so far in order to investigate the historical, geographic, and folkloristic features of the human/fish relationship in the waters around the Japanese archipelago in an integrated way by adopting the geographic area as a unifying perspective. The keyword here is “history of marine products,” a concept that affords a broader perspective than that of fisheries history; it constitutes a “history of the human/fish relationship,” which it approaches both historically and in terms of folk culture.

The research group’s tasks are:
  • (1) to form a research network for the history of marine products and disseminate relevant information;
  • (2) to divide the topic into regions and eras and to study each using resources including the Fisheries Systems Materials held mainly by the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture, Kanagawa University;
  • (3) to arrive at an integrated understanding of the features of the various regions and eras in terms of the history of marine products (the human/fish relationship).
Under task (3), four concrete outcomes are anticipated:
  • ⅰ.An understanding of the history of marine products specific to the waters of the Oyashio and Liman currents (chiefly the northern waters)
  • ⅱ.An understanding of the history of marine products specific to the waters of the Tsushima current (chiefly the Japan Sea and East China Sea)
  • ⅲ.An understanding of the history of marine products specific to the waters of the Kuroshio current and Seto Inland Sea (chiefly the Pacific Ocean and the Seto Inland Sea)
  • ⅳ.An interdisciplinary understanding of the history of marine products specific to the waters around the Japanese archipelago (chiefly East Asian waters)
  Name Specialty Affiliation
PL ITO Yasuhiro Japanese fishery history Shimane University
DL TAJIMA Yoshiya Japanese economic history Kanagawa University
PM ADACHI Yasunori Fishery modern history Kobe University of Health and Welfare
PM HASHIMURA Osamu Historical geography Tokyo Gakugei University
PM KAMATANI Kaoru Japanese Early Modern History Kobe Women's University
PM KATAOKA Chikashi Fisheries economic Nagasaki University
PM KOIWA Nobutake Fishery modern history Tokyo International University
PM MORIWAKI Takahiro Japanese modern history Chiba Prefectural Archives
PM NAKAI Yutaka Fisheries distribution Hachinohe Gakuin University
PM NAKANO Yasushi Folklore University of Tsukuba
PM SUETA Tomoki Japanese economic history Chubu University
PL
-Project leader
DL
-Deputy project leader
PM
-Project member

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