This paper is to examine recent global receptiveness of Japanese foods by conducting multi-sited fieldwork in Puebla, Mexico, Jakarta, Indonesia and Warsaw, Poland. Its theoretical basis comes from recent literatures on globalization, revival of locality, commodity situation, and virtual reconstruction of space. University students in the three sites were chosen for open-ended interviewing and semi-structured face-to-face questioning. Findings are that the students of all sites have limited knowledge of Japanese foods, that their images of Japanese foods play a role of adding meanings to the locality of each sites, and that there are contrasts between the these sites in the meanings associated with receptiveness of Japanese foods. It is self-presentation as 'my taste' that make identify distinction from others in each locality. The findings suggest that the global phenomenon of Japanese foods preference has the features of being non-linier to Japan.
The author has designed a workshop inspired by anthropology and theatrical performance. The method used is to place yourself in a different person's shoes when considering the question 'is what I am doing to help others doing any good?' This paper explains the various stages of the workshops and examines the case where students have utilized the workshop in real life situations. It also discusses anthropological field as well as the method of character making. This paper focuses on the following question; Whether the action of playing a part at a certain stage in the process of research can both compliment field work and encourage relative analysis of oneself.
This study employs a narrative approach to describe the perspective of Tanohata-mura. I change the approach from the "dominant story" to the "alternative story." Specifically, I employ quantitative text analysis to demonstrate the hypothesis. 1. I consider the perspective of Tanohata-mura as the hypothesis. 2. I set 29 cords to analyze interview contents. 3. I analyze 10305 sentences of the interview. 4. I consider the aforementioned 1-3 approaches as well as my experience and conclude that the hypothesis is partially modified. I indicate two values and four viewpoints as an overall perspective of Tanohata-mura. Furthermore, besides the change in approach from the "dominant story" to the "alternative story," it was observed that the approach has changed from the "nature of the severity" to the "nature of richness" and from the "poverty of the people" to the "kindness of the people."
This paper clarifies the location of the settlement, residential environment, local culture, and way of living of Taiwan people residing in the Nagura and Takeda settlements in Ishigaki Island of the Yaeyama Islands, from the perspectives of settlement, way of life, and community. Due to various historical factors, Ishigaki Island has witnessed the phenomena of village building, deserted villages, and village transferring. Further, depending on the generation, the location, size of the settlement and the number of settlements has changed drastically. How have the people of Taiwan who had migrated and come from outside the island in the early Showa period built their residential environments and thus inherited their ethnic identity in the environment described above? Through field surveys and using historical documents and materials, this paper explores the historical transitions and way of life in Ishigaki Island.