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

Staff Members

Center for Cultural Resource Studies・Professor
Research Specialization
  • Ethnoarchaeology, material culture, Austronesian cultures; East Asia, Formosa
Individual Research Projects
  • Anthropology of tools and techniques for getting ecological resources
Personal website

Academic Qualifications

  • B.Sci. Univ. of Tokyo 1992
  • M.Sci. Univ. of Tokyo 1994
  • Ph.D. The Graduate University for Advanced Studies 2003

Research Interests

Material Ethnography on Concepts of the Nature.

Current Research Topics

I have specialized ethnoarchaeology. The purpose of it is to investigate the formation process of archaeological site and materials. I have been interested in the site formation process of subsistence activities and done my ethnoarchaeological research on that of farming houses or transformation of hunting activity of wild boar to material evidences. The results of them suggested that farmers might leave the variety of sites as the result of their activities. They also showed farmers has developed their own hunting culture. I have come to be interested in the relationship between human and the nature. I am currently interested in that between human beings and animals. It might be effected by surroundings, religion, economics and social and historical background. I try to pursuit the relation ship between them not only at the viewpoint of economy or ecology, but also at that of cultural or sociological context.

Research Keywords

Taiwan, China, Taiwan Natives, Ethnoarchaeology, Material Ethnography

Publications (English publications only)

An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Case Hunting with Gundogs by the Aboriginal Peoples of Taiwan. (Dogs and People in Social, Working, Economic or Symbolic Interaction). In L.M. Snyder and E.A. Moore (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th ICAZ Conference, pp.77–84. Oxford: Oxbow books.
Physical Anthoropology in Wartime Japan. In A. Shimizu and J. van Bremen (eds.) Wartime Japanese Anthropology in Asia and the Pacific (Senri Ethnological Series 65), pp.143–150.
Retrospect of Taiwan Archaeology: The Japanese Colonial Period. In D. Blundell (ed.) Austronesian Taiwan, pp.324–336. Berkeley: Phoeb A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Univ. of California, Berkeley and Taipei: Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines.


“An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Chase Hunting with Gundogs by Taiwan Aboriginal Peoples.” International Council of Archaeozoology 9th Conference, 23–28 August, Durham, UK.
“Hunting Strategy and Bone Refuse: Ethnoarchaeological Research on Paiwan (Taiwan) Trap Hunting.” 8th International Conferenceon Hunting and Gathering Societies, Osaka, Japan.