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The Indigenous Cultures of Taiwan:KANO Tadao biographical sketch

YEAR   Activities of KANO Tadao
Born in Tokyo.
Starts collecting insects in the 4th grade of Jinjo Elementary School.
His first paper appears in 'The World of Insects'.
Gets a chance to see insect cabinets in Taiwan.
Goes for insect-collecting to Hokkaido and Sakhalin.
The Great Kanto Earthquake (1923).
After graduating from Junior High School, spends a year insect-collecting.
Enters Taipei High School. While in High School, walks around the mountains in Taiwan and becomes absorbed in insect-collecting. Gets close to the aboriginal people at each place he visited. Gradually becomes fascinated with their culture.
Graduated from Taipei High School. Remains in Taiwan and continues his research, mainly insect-collecting.
Returns to Tokyo. Enters the Geography Department of Tokyo Teikoku University. Majoring in geography, starts his research on physiography and ethnology in Taiwan. Gives his whole time for research in three different disciplines.
Graduated from Tokyo Teikoku University. Begins graduate school.
As a graduate student, is appointed as a temporary staff member for the Governor of Taiwan.
Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology established.
Meets SHIBUSAWA Keizo for the first time.
With support from SHIBUSAWA, does research on the Paiwan and Yami cultures. Collaborates with MIYAMOTO Keitaro, one of the group of students who frequented the museum established by SHIBUSAWA in the attic of his garage. Records his research on Paiwan culture on 16 mm film.
Sino-Japanese War breaks out.
Reports his research on the Yami at the regular meeting of the Tokyo Anthropological Society and receives a favorable review. Thereafter, his research became increasingly ethnographic.
The National Museum of Ethnology, in affiliation with the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, opens (1939).
Gets married.
Completes his Doctor of Science degree with his 'Zoogeographical Studies of the Tsugitaka Mountains'. He also published his book Yama to Kumo to Bannin to ‘Aboriginal People of the High Mountains’.
The Pacific War breaks out.
Temporarily joins the army and goes to Manila. Maintains the academic materials of organizations such as the University of the Philippines and the National Museum of Manila.
Returns to Japan and reports his research results.
Sent by the army to north Borneo.
Contact with KANO Tadao ceases. The first volume of Taiwan Genjyumin Zufu ‘Illustrated Ethnography of Formosan Aborigines: The Yami Tribe’ is published, co-authored by SEGAWA Kokichi.
The end of The Pacific War.
The first volume of his collected papers is published. Tonanajia Minzokugaku Senshigaku Kenkyu ‘Studies in the Ethnology and Prehistory of Southeast Asia’
The second volume of his collected papers is published. Tonanajia Minzokugaku Senshigaku Kenkyu ‘Studies in the Ethnology and Prehistory of Southeast Asia’