The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Staff Members

TAKEZAWA Shoichiro
TAKEZAWA ShoichiroTAKEZAWA Shoichiro
Department of Cultural Research・Professor
Research Specialization
  • Afirican history, history of anthropological thought; West Africa
Individual Research Projects
  • 1. A Study of African History
  • 2. A Study of Communities Devastated by Tsunami
Personal website

Academic Qualifications:

  • B.A. Univ. of Tokyo 1976
  • M.A. Univ. of Tokyo 1978
  • Ph.D. L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales 1985

Research Interests

  • Study on the Fishermen's Societies in West Africa
  • Reconstruction of the West African History
  • Reconstruction of the History of Anthropology in Relation to the Formation of European Societies

Research Keywords

Africa, Europe, Japan, Bozo, Dogon, Japanese, Religious Anthropology, Cultural history, Social History, Material Culture

Publications (English publications only)

La fête japonaise : appareil hégémonique de la cité marchande. Techniques & Culture 57(2011-2): 98-119.
Discovery of the Earliest Royal Palace in Gao and Its Implications for the History of West Africa(with Mamadou Cissé) Cahiers d'études africaines 208 (52-4): 813-844.
Living in the World after the Tsunami. Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter 35: 11-12.
The Cult of Things: Possession, Collection, and Representation. Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter 30:8-10.
El Anatsui: Working between History and Art. In Yukiya Kawaguchi (ed.) A Fateful Journey: Africa in the Work of El Anatsui, pp.192-197, NCP Pr.
Urban Festical in Japan: Hakata Gion Yamakasa. Journal of Asian Urbanism 2010-2: 8-11.
Ethnological Museums & the (Un)Making of History. Kenji Yoshida & John Mack, (eds.) Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa, James Currey, pp.187-198.
Nation-State and Immigration: An European Approach.In S. Yamashita, M. Minami, and D. W. Haines and Jerry S. (eds.) Transnational Migration in East Asia: Japan in a Comparative Focus(Senri Ethnological Reports 77)pp.197–203.
Rewriting African History: Ecological Resources and Development of Social System.Minpaku Anthropology News Letter 24:10-12.
La domestication du céréal au Méma. Proceedings of the 11th Panafricain Congress of Prehistory and the Related Sciences. pp.95-110.
Family, Community and Modernization in Asian Societies, Takezawa (ed.) Asian-Pacific Center.
From Environmental Destruction to a Model City for Environmental Protection.
Can Religious Studies Be a Social Science? New Trends in Religious Studies, pp.36–54, Nanzan University.
Fukuoka’s Historical and Modern Links with Asia. Pacific Friends 26 (8): 22–24.
L’organisation sociale Bozo dans une perspective historique. In J.Kawada, (ed.) Boucle du Niger, Approches multi-disciplinaires, 3, pp.261–285, ILCAA.
Le maître des eaux et l'islam: Changements sociaux et changements religieux chez les Tiée du Niger. In J. Kawada (ed.) Boucle du Niger: Approches multi-disciplinaires, 1, pp.113-166, ILCAA.

Academic Degrees

Symbole et pouvoi - Système général des rites, le cas des Dogon du Mali. Thèse du 3ème cycle présentée et soutenue à L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. (1985.3)