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IKKO SAKAMOTO Last modified date:2019.06.07

Professor / Conparative and International Education Studies
Department of Education
Faculty of Human-Environment Studies

Graduate School
Undergraduate School
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Academic Degree
Doctor of Education
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Cultural Anthropology,Educational Anthropology
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
Research Theme: Cultural Inheritance Theory, Theory of Child-Rearing Folk Customs, Ethnic Minority Studies
The purpose of my study is to ethnographically clarify the reproductive processes of people and cultures by examining various communities that are created based on ethnicity, region and practices. For this purpose, I have investigated people who live in geographically and socially peripheral regions of East and Southeast Asia, including Japan, and analyzed the processes and structures, in which various social practices, such as “giving birth to children, raising them and transmitting culture to them” are organized cooperatively and strategically in today’s recursive, multicultural and technological contexts. Specifically, I have so far been involved in child-birth events, medicalization processes, the global development of child-rearing practices, cultural study and development, manufacturing of kid-designed products, the creative inheritance of traditional culture and ethnicity movements. In order to understand such a wide range of issues from the perspectives of anthropological technology and physical theory, I have regarded them as individual aspects of a sequential social process of “giving birth to children, raising them and transmitting culture to them.”
Meanwhile, at the Department of Kansei Science, Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences I have been engaged in basic research for creating and designing the environment, in which children are raised and grow up safely and securely by reconsidering the children’s living world as well as child-rearing environment from the viewpoints of “Kansei” and “Kankaku” as physical techniques since 2001.
Research Interests
  • Strategies of reconstruction and succession of cultural resources in local communities
    keyword : reconstruction   cultural resources   communities
  • technology in the manufacturing of children's products
    keyword : children's products technology
  • Diversity and sustainablity of women's traditional handicraft knowledge
    keyword : handicraft,local knowledge , sustainablity ,women
  • Study on cultural constructing processes of Kansei
    keyword : Kansei、construction、culture
  • Study on cultural construction processes of children's experience and daily life
    keyword : chidren、 experience、life 、construction 、culture
    2007.04Anthropological Sutudy on the Changing Process of Children's Dayly Life and Experiences under the Influence of Material Cultures and Media Technology.
  • An cultural anthropological study on changing process on education and culture of ethnic minorites in China
    keyword : ethnic mainority 、education 、culture、acculturation
    2000.04Anthropological Sutudy on the Changing Process of Education and Culture in Ntional Minorites in China.
  • Anthropological Sutudy on the Constructing Process of Cultural Categories of Child(hood)
    keyword : children 、discource 、practice 、construction
    2003.03Anthropological Sutudy on the Constructing Process of Cultural Categories of Child(hood).
  • A Comparative and Etnographic Sutudy on Children's Growth Contexts in Asian Societies
    keyword : children 、Asia 、growth context 、conparative study
    2000.04A Comparative and Etnographic Sutudy on Children's Growth Contexts in Asian Societies.
  • Anthropological Sutudy on the Process of Education Development in Asian Developing Countries
    keyword : Asia 、education、 Developing Countries
    2004.04Anthropological Sutudy on the Process of Education Development in Asian Developing Countries.
  • A Comparative Study of Re-Interpretation Prosesses for "Educational Anthropology"in East Asian Countries
    keyword : Educational Anthropology,Re-Interpretation ,Korea ,China ,Japan
    2004.04A Comparative Study of Re-Interpretation Prosesses for "Educational Anthropology"in East Asian Countries.
Academic Activities
1. Children and Education in Asia :Cultural-Anthropological Perspectives.
1. Ethnography on HIna Dolls Festival and Women's Hndcrafts Activities in Yanagawa.
2. A study on the education programs as "the science of concrete":
Focusing on "Maruiku"programs.
3. Children’s Folk Culture Events and Vitalization of Community:
The Role of Sagemon in Girls’ First Seasonal Festival in Yanagawa
4. A Fragment on Researches of Japanese ‘Kansei’
- A review and a sketch –
5. Acquisition of Chinese Language by Children from Ethnic Minorities in China:Language Changes and Enculturation in Xinjiang Urban Areas.
6. Construction of Education through the Food,Cloting and Shelter of Children
7. On Child-Rearing Folk Customs using Buxuk and their Change amongst Uyghur, Xinjiang China.
8. Trends in Ethnic Education Research and Educational Researchi with an Anthropological Bent:With a Focus on East Asia and United Nation.
9. On a new phase of language shift and ethnic relations in Xinjiang,China:Eocusing on the Minkaohan Uyghur.
10. On Reproductive Techniques of Sex Preference.
11. A Cultural Anthropological Study on Sex Preference for Children.
12. Cultural Politics of children in Amusement Media.
1. On Emerging of Children's Private Room in Modern China.
2. Sex prefarence of children in cultural context:Focusing on the framework of analyses.
Educational Activities
Under Graduate:Introduction to Education(class of general education) ,Introduction to Social Anthropology, Introduction to Educatinal Anthropology, Graduate Thesis Research.

Master/Doctor Course: Advanced Studies in Educatinal Anthropology,
Master Thesis Research,Seminar on Educatinal Anthropology, Doctoral Studies in Educatinal Anthropology, Doctoral Thesis Research .

Literary works: "Cultural Anthropology in Asia" Chap3/pp45-56,Chap11/165-177, (Nakanisiya shuppan).
Professional and Outreach Activities
On Discipline for Children in Home, given by The Society of Education and Medicine , Open Seminar.1999.
On Recent Problems of Children's Achievement in Japanese Education, Symposium for Citizen.2003..