Japanese Review of Cultural Anthropology
Online ISSN : 2424-0494
Print ISSN : 2432-5112
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JJCA Vol.85-1 Extended Summaries
Intertwinement of Commercial Hospitality and Social Hospitality
The Case of Migrants and Tourism in Ogasawara/Bonin Islands
Masayuki Yamazaki
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2020 Volume 21 Issue 1 Pages 515-521



This paper examines the relationships between commercial hospitality and social hospitality, from the perspective of how they affect tourists and migrants who arrive in Japan's Ogasawara (sometimes known as Bonin) Islands.

In the past decade, a number of studies have sought to determine the effects of hospitality on each society. "The return to hospitality: strangers, guests and ambiguous encounters," an article by Matei Candea and Giovanni da Col that appeared in a special issue of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2012 represents the most recent significant anthropological work on the issue of hospitality. The discussion by itself, however, concerning tourism and hospitality was not by itself sufficient discussed, although this special theme was an attempt to re-examine hospitality in the present day. This problem was suggested by Maribeth Erb (2013), who examined the aporia (that is, an unresolvable contradiction) of hospitality from the perspective of the phenomenon of tourism development and hospitality on Flores Island in eastern Indonesia. Erb's study helps us to understand hospitality in the present day. Her approach is useful in considering the relationship between hospitality and tourism. Her study, however, focuses too much on host and guest relationships in the context of tourism. Other contexts that affect host and guest relationships must be examined. It is not sufficient to focus only on tourism. It is necessary to examine the larger context of hospitality and tourism. Therefore, in order to identify the relationship between hospitality and tourism, the analysis of Conrad Lashley (2000) provides important guidance. He suggests that hospitality activities exist in "social," "commercial," and "private" domains. Further, he illustrates the point of view that one should focus on each domain as an independent entity while recognizing that there will be areas of overlap. Following the framework of overlapping areas of hospitality in each domain, this paper especially examines the relationships between social hospitality and commercial hospitality as seen in the phenomenon of tourism in the Ogasawara Islands.

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