RIHN/UCB International Workshop


Food, Agriculture and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond

The goal of this workshop is to link local and regional case studies of food, agriculture, and human-environmental interaction with the broader discussion of global environmental issues and long-term sustainability. Special emphasis is on case studies from Japan, East Asia and the North Pacific Rim. Topics that will be discussed in this workshop include issues on food production, circulation and consumption, changes through time in human-environmental interaction in relation to societal and economic developments, and water-food-energy nexus. This event is organized in collaboration with the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan, with which UC Berkeley has an MOU.

See abstracts and schedule here.

The Small-scale Economies Project Gives Final Seminar at RIHN

Final Seminar at RIHN, March 23, 2017

The Full Research phase of my Small-Scale Economies Project at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto officially ended on March 31, 2017. Thank you for those who helped me run this project for the past three years. Special thanks to local residents and members of the indigenous communities who were willing to share their knowledge and wisdom. My collaboration with RIHN will continue through the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between RIHN and UC Berkeley!


Personal Mission Statement

This website presents a range of my anthropological work, with an emphasis on archaeology and historical ecology of Japan and the North Pacific Rim.  My specialty in the study of prehistoric hunter-gatherer cultures in Japan, the Jomon, has led me to incorporate various aspects of anthropological studies and other related fields into my research at the University of California, Berkeley.

Since I was born and originally trained in Japan, and subsequently studied in Canada to obtain my PhD degree, I am committed to promoting active interactions between different academic traditions, particularly those of East Asia and North America. Coming from East Asia to North America, and having worked in Japanese archaeology, where less than 5% of professional archaeologists are women, I am a strong supporter of the inclusion of people from marginalized groups, including women and members of indigenous communities, in academia.

Key developments in my research (based at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan) for the past three years are listed in the RIHN project website. Updates of my research and related activities will be posted on this “News” page.