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

YOSHIDA Kenji
YOSHIDA KenjiYOSHIDA Kenji
The National Museum of Ethnology・Directors-General
Research Specialization
  • Anthropology of expressive culture; Africa, Europe, Japan
Individual Research Projects
  • Studying the Creation, Transmission, and Representation of Culture: A Museological Approach
Personal website

Academic Qualifications

  • B.A. Kyoto Univ

    Academic Qualifications

    • B.A. Kyoto Univ. 1980
    • M.A. Osaka Univ. 1983
    • Ph.D. Osaka Univ. 1989

    Research Interests

    • Expressive Cultures in Africa
    • Representation of Culture in Museums

    Research Keywords

    Africa (Zambia), Europe (United Kingdom), Chewa, Cultural Anthropology, Museum Anthropology

    Selected Publications

    2008
    "Imaged Asia, Imaged Europe" Yoshida, K and B. Durrans (eds.) SELF and OTHER: Portraits from Asia and Europe. The Asahi Shimbun.
    2008
    "Introduction. Portraits from Asia and Europe: How have people depicted each other?" Yoshida, K and B. Durrans (eds.) SELF and OTHER: Portraits from Asia and Europe. The Asahi Shimbun.
    1997
    "'Images of Other Cultures' in Museums" Yoshida, K and John Mack (eds.) Images of Other Cultures. NHK Service Center.
    1997
    "A Note on the Joint Projects by the National Museum of Ethnology and the British Museum" Yoshida, K and John Mack (eds.) Images of Other Cultures. NHK Service Center.
    1992
    Yoshida, K "Forest of Masks: Masked Society, Spirit Possession and sorcery among the Chewa. (in Japanese)

    Publications (English publications only)

    2014
    The Organizing Committee of "The Power of Images" (ed.) The Power of Images: The National Museum of Ethnology Collection
    2008
    (With J. Mack) Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa : Crisis or Renaissance? Oxford: James Currey.
    2008
    Ethnographic Exhibitions Today. In K. Yoshida and J. Mack (eds.) Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa: Crisis or Renaissance? Oxford: James Currey.
    2006
    Kalumbu and Chisudzo: Boys’ and Girls’ Masquerades among the Chewa. In S. Ottenberg and D.A. Binkley (eds.) AFRICAN CHILDREN–S MASQUERADE – Playful Performers, pp.221–236. Transaction Publishers.
    2005
    A Fresh Start for Graduate Education at Minpaku. MINPAKU Anthropology Newsletter 21: 10.
    2005
    Ethnographic Museums and Public Sphere. Museum Cooperation 2004: Newsletter of the Intensive Course on Museology 1: 18–22.
    2005
    (With Y. Kawaguchi) Symposium Africa 2001: Representing African Art and Cultures (Senri Ethnological Reports 54), National Museum of Ethnology.
    2001
    (With T. Umesao and A. Lockyer) Japanese Civilization in the Modern World XVII: Collection and Representation (Senri Ethnological Studies 54), National Museum of Ethnology.
    2001
    Die Maske als Instrument: Warum Menschen sich ein zweites Gesicht schaffen. In C. Geissmar-Brandi, et al. (ed.) Gesichter der Haut, pp.181–188. Stroemfeld Verlag.
    2001
    “Tohaku” and “Minpaku” within the History of Modern Japanese Civilization: Museum Collection in Modern Japan. In T. Umesao, A. Lockyer, and K. Yoshida (eds.) Japanese Civilization in the Modern World XVII: Collection and Representation (Senri Ethnological Studies 54), pp.77–105. National Museum of Ethnology.
    2001
    Ethnographic and Cultural Exhibitions Today. In S. Inaga (ed.) Crossing Cultural Borders (International Symposium 14), pp.39–48. International Research Center for Japanese Studies.
    2001
    Re-Exhibiting Africa: From the Exhibition “Images of Other Cultures”. In E. Kurimoto (ed.) Rewriting Africa: Toward a Renaisssance or Collapse (JCAS Symposium Series 14), pp.193–207. The Japan Center for Area Studies.
    1997
    (With J. Mack) Images of Other Cultures, NHK Service Center.
    1993
    Masks and Secrecy among the Chewa. African Arts 24 (2): 34–45, 92, Los Angeles: University of California.
    1992
    Masks and Transformation among the Chewa of Zambia (Senri Ethnological Studies 31), National Museum of Ethnology.

    Ongoing Projects

    . 1980
  • M.A. Osaka Univ. 1983
  • Ph.D. Osaka Univ. 1989

Research Interests

  • Expressive Cultures in Africa
  • Representation of Culture in Museums

Research Keywords

Africa (Zambia), Europe (United Kingdom), Chewa, Cultural Anthropology, Museum Anthropology

Selected Publications

2008
"Imaged Asia, Imaged Europe" Yoshida, K and B. Durrans (eds.) SELF and OTHER: Portraits from Asia and Europe. The Asahi Shimbun.
2008
"Introduction. Portraits from Asia and Europe: How have people depicted each other?" Yoshida, K and B. Durrans (eds.) SELF and OTHER: Portraits from Asia and Europe. The Asahi Shimbun.
1997
"'Images of Other Cultures' in Museums" Yoshida, K and John Mack (eds.) Images of Other Cultures. NHK Service Center.
1997
"A Note on the Joint Projects by the National Museum of Ethnology and the British Museum" Yoshida, K and John Mack (eds.) Images of Other Cultures. NHK Service Center.
1992
Yoshida, K "Forest of Masks: Masked Society, Spirit Possession and sorcery among the Chewa. (in Japanese)

Publications (English publications only)

2008
(With J. Mack) Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa : Crisis or Renaissance? Oxford: James Currey.
2008
Ethnographic Exhibitions Today. In K. Yoshida and J. Mack (eds.) Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa: Crisis or Renaissance? Oxford: James Currey.
2006
Kalumbu and Chisudzo: Boys’ and Girls’ Masquerades among the Chewa. In S. Ottenberg and D.A. Binkley (eds.) AFRICAN CHILDREN–S MASQUERADE – Playful Performers, pp.221–236. Transaction Publishers.
2005
A Fresh Start for Graduate Education at Minpaku. MINPAKU Anthropology Newsletter 21: 10.
2005
Ethnographic Museums and Public Sphere. Museum Cooperation 2004: Newsletter of the Intensive Course on Museology 1: 18–22.
2005
(With Y. Kawaguchi) Symposium Africa 2001: Representing African Art and Cultures (Senri Ethnological Reports 54), National Museum of Ethnology.
2001
(With T. Umesao and A. Lockyer) Japanese Civilization in the Modern World XVII: Collection and Representation (Senri Ethnological Studies 54), National Museum of Ethnology.
2001
Die Maske als Instrument: Warum Menschen sich ein zweites Gesicht schaffen. In C. Geissmar-Brandi, et al. (ed.) Gesichter der Haut, pp.181–188. Stroemfeld Verlag.
2001
“Tohaku” and “Minpaku” within the History of Modern Japanese Civilization: Museum Collection in Modern Japan. In T. Umesao, A. Lockyer, and K. Yoshida (eds.) Japanese Civilization in the Modern World XVII: Collection and Representation (Senri Ethnological Studies 54), pp.77–105. National Museum of Ethnology.
2001
Ethnographic and Cultural Exhibitions Today. In S. Inaga (ed.) Crossing Cultural Borders (International Symposium 14), pp.39–48. International Research Center for Japanese Studies.
2001
Re-Exhibiting Africa: From the Exhibition “Images of Other Cultures”. In E. Kurimoto (ed.) Rewriting Africa: Toward a Renaisssance or Collapse (JCAS Symposium Series 14), pp.193–207. The Japan Center for Area Studies.
1997
(With J. Mack) Images of Other Cultures, NHK Service Center.
1993
Masks and Secrecy among the Chewa. African Arts 24 (2): 34–45, 92, Los Angeles: University of California.
1992
Masks and Transformation among the Chewa of Zambia (Senri Ethnological Studies 31), National Museum of Ethnology.

Ongoing Projects