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

SAOTOME Kenji
SAOTOME Kenji
****・Research Fellow
Research Specialization
Individual Research Projects
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Academic Qualifications:

  • B.A. Univ. of Oregon. U.S.A. 1998
  • M.A. Institute of Education, Univ. of London. U.K. 2005

Professional Qualifications:

Teaching Assistant, Department of International Relations, Vietnam National University in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Sep.1998 -Dec.1998)

Secretariat Staff, International Artists Center (Apr.1999-Dec.2000)

Education Officer, Education Department, Lusaka National Museum, Zambia. (Jan.2001-Apr.2003)

Special Assistant, Department of Learning & Information/Department of Asia, The British Museum, U.K. (May.2004-Aug.2007)

Heritage Conservation Specialist (in charge of museum projects), United Nations Volunteers Programme, St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies. (Feb.2006-Feb.2008)

Curator, Volunteer Programs, Chiba City Museum of Science (Jan.2008-Jul.2008)

Research Fellow, Research Center for Cultural Resources, National Museum of Ethnology (Jul.2008-Mar.2011)

Curator, Suita City Museum (Apr.2011-)

Research Topics:

Researching education practices of cultural anthropology and ethnology at the National Museum of Ethnology

Geographical areas of Interest:

Japan, West Indies

Discipline:

Museology, Museum education, Modern and contemporary history of Japan and the West Indies

Publications:

2011
The approach to improving museum literacy of museum administrators: The case of exhibition training at the National Museum of Ethnology (Written in Japanese), Bulletin of Japan Museum Management Academy 11, Japan Museum Management Academy.
2011
Expectations for the new museums: From a museum side (Written in Japanese), Report on the Osaka City Museum Forum 2010: Towards new possibilities, pp.14-17, Osaka City Museum Organization.
2011
Report on museum-school collaboration workshop: Towards a forum for learning with each other (Written in Japanese), K. Saotome (ed.), Research Center for Cultural Resources, National Museum of Ethnology.
2011
Report on ICOM General Conference in Shanghai (Written in Japanese), Bunkanken Report 31, pp.1-4, Institute of Cultural Environments.
2010
Treasures of the National Museum of Ethnology: Dancing mask 'Jaguar' (Written in Japanese), Minpaku e-news 114, National Museum of Ethnology.
2010
Linkage between children and the National Museum of Ethnology (Written in Japanese), Minpaku Monthly Nov. 2010, p.14, National Museum of Ethnology.
2010
Museology of Sh?s?in (Written in Japanese), Minpaku Monthly Aug. 2010, p.14, National Museum of Ethnology.
2010
Tramping at the Moto Moto Museum (Written in Japanese), Suita City Museum Newsletter 42, p.6, Suita City Museum.
2010
The National Museum of Ethnology's new children's brochure, which support self-touring of the galleries (Written in Japanese), Exhibition Studies 48, pp.124-125, The Japan Society for Exhibition Studies.
2010
Towards a new model of collaboration between a junior high school and a museum: A case study on the curatorial experience workshop (Written in Japanese), Journal of Japan Federation of Education for Art, pp.32-35, Japan Federation of Education for Art.
2009
Understanding Ainu culture by using lending kit Min-Pack (Written in Japanese), Minpaku Monthly Dec. 2009, pp.8-9, National Museum of Ethnology.
2009
Museum which grow up with the citizens: Towards an extreme participatory museum, 'Museum as Web2.0' (Written in Japanese), Mus?e 90, pp.14-16. UMPromotion.
2009
A museum which resume self-esteem (Written in Japanese), Minpaku Monthly Apr. 2009, pp.10-11, National Museum of Ethnology.
2009
Report of the research on sharing the university museum's academic knowledge in the public (Written in Japanese), Report of the Public humanities: method and theory for sharing the academic knowledge in the public throughout the research activating museum materials or cultural resources in network-type affiliate university and institute, pp.61-72, National Institutes for the Humanities-Public Humanities Research Group.
2008
SELF and OTHER: Portraits from Asia and Europe (Translated from English to Japanese), K. Yoshida, B. Durrans (eds.), The Asahi Shimbun.
2008
Volunteer news (Written in Japanese), Friend of Museum of Science NEWS, p.4, Secretariat of Friend of the Chiba City Museum of Science.
2007
Photo album of Youth PATH (Poverty Alleviation through Tourism and Heritage) - Module III (August-November 2007), Basseterre: St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO.
2007
Photo album of Youth PATH (Poverty Alleviation through Tourism and Heritage) - Module II (March-August 2007), Basseterre: St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO.
2007
Photo album of Youth PATH (Poverty Alleviation through Tourism and Heritage) - Module I (June-September 2006), Basseterre: St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO.
2007
Photo album of Small Islands Voice II (December 2006-October 2007), Basseterre: St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO.
2007
Photo album of Small Islands Voice I (December 2001-December 2006), Basseterre: St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO.
2007
Photo album of UNESCO Participation Programme: The Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (February-August 2007), Basseterre: St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO.
2007
(With A. Maynard) Progress report on Small Islands Voice activities in St. Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre: St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO.
2006
The trend of museums in a developing nation: Report from a Caribbean Island (Written in Japanese), IIC-JAPAN Newsletter 2006 No.1, pp.1-3, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.
2006
Museums and museology course in Trinidad & Tobago, Basseterre: St. Christopher Heritage Society.
2006
Living in the UK to search for potentialities of museums (Written in Japanese), Globe Resident UK 2006-2007, pp.132-133, Diamond-Big Co., Ltd.
2003
Exhibition on children's drawings in Zambia: Their dairy life (Written in Japanese), in JOCV Secretariat (eds.) Crossroads May 2003, pp.43-50, The Supporting Organization of JOCV.

Presentations:

2011
“Community participation at the Lake Biwa Museum.” Museum Society and Tourism MOTA-JICA Workshop, 3 Mar. 2011, Interpretation Center at Hisham's Palace, Jericho, Palestine.
2007
“Carrying Out in Practice: Heritage Conservation in St. Kitts and Nevis.” Briefing Session of UNV, 20 Dec. 2007, UNDP Barbados and the OECS Sub-regional Office, Christ Church, Barbados.
2007
“Africa and St. Kitts-Nevis.” image presentation on the occasion of the Cry Freedom Concert & Knowledge Fair (St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO: The Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Project), 23 Aug. 2007, Independence Square, Basseterre, St. Kitts.
2007
“Mural paintings around the Island of St. Kitts.” image presentation on the occasion of the Special Exhibition: UNESCO Arts & Craft Exhibition - Honouring Our Ancestors through Our Art (St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO: The Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Project), 24 Jul.-24 Nov. 2007, St. Christopher Heritage Society, Basseterre, St. Kitts.
2005
“Museum education in the UK and Japan.” Museology Workshop, 8 Dec. 2005, Livingstone Museum, Livingstone, Zambia.
2001
“What is Database?” National Museums Board of Zambia Meeting on Documentation System, 19 Jul. 2001, Moto Moto Museum, Zambia.

Awards:

2001
Best Interpretation of the Theme: 1st Prize (Recipient: Zambia National Tourist Board, Kenji Saotome was in charge of the special exhibition on the Lusaka National Museum collection), The 75th Zambia Agriculture & Commercial Show (Theme: The Way Forward).
2001
Best Government Exhibit: 2nd Prize (Recipient: Zambia National Tourist Board, Kenji Saotome was in charge of the special exhibition on the Lusaka National Museum collection), The 75th Zambia Agriculture & Commercial Show (Theme: The Way Forward).