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Imazato Satoshi Last modified date:2021.05.26

Associate Professor / Department of Geography
Department of History
Faculty of Humanities

Graduate School
Undergraduate School

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Academic Degree
Ph.D.(Kyoto Univ.)
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Human Geography
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Research Interests
  • Folk Classification Systems in Japanese Rural Spaces
    keyword : spatial classification
  • Self-govenment Organizations and Social Structure in Japanese Rural Communities
    keyword : self-govenment organizations, social structure
  • Folk Religions on Hirado Island, Nagasaki Prefecture
    keyword : folk religion
Academic Activities
1. The Folk Classification System of Rural Spaces: Reading the Landscape as Text.
1. Satoshi Imazato, Territoriality by Folk Boundaries and Social-Geographical Conditions in Shinto-Buddhist, Catholic, and Hidden Christian Rural Communities on Hirado Island, Western Japan, Geographical Review of Japan, series B (Association of Japanese Geographers),, 92, 2, 51-71, 2020.03.
2. Satoshi Imazato, Spatial structures of Japanese hidden Christian organizations on Hirado Island: A comparative study of three villages and Ikitsuki Island, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture), 10.18874/jjrs.44.2.2017.255-279, 44, 2, 255-279, 2017.01, Northwestern Kyushu is the most notable region in Japan for its dense distribution of former Hidden Christians. The spatial structures of its religious organizations have been classified into several types. However, this classification procedure and the formation principles of such organizations need further examination. This article reexamines the spatial structures of these organizations and their formation principles from a social geographical perspective, focusing on three villages on Hirado Island and comparing them with Ikitsuki Island, Nagasaki Prefecture. We reveal the basic units and subunits that constitute one or two components of the organizations in the case study villages on Hirado as compared with the three components, including alliance units, found on Ikitsuki. Within the same region, different structural patterns were observed among the villages, each subject to their own geographical conditions, such as physical environment, settlement morphological pattern, and population size, as well as existing neighborhood relationships or kinships and the administrative units within and over the village..
3. Satoshi Imazato, Naming methods of folk agricultural plot names in Japanese villages: A connection between geography and cognitive linguistics., Semestrale di Studi e Ricerche di Geographia (Sapienza University of Rome), 25, 2, 27-39, 2013.12.
4. Satoshi Imazato, Under two globalizations: Progress in social and cultural geography of Japanese rural areas, 1996-2006, Geographical Review of Japan (Association of Japanese Geographers), 81, 5, 323-335, 2008.05.
5. Satoshi Imazato, Gender differences in the folk classification of subsistence spaces and religious places in a Japanese fishing village, Japanese Review of Cultural Anthropology (Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology), 8, 77-100, 2007.12.
6. Satoshi Imazato, Rethinking the humanistic approach in geography: Misunderstood essences and Japanese challenges, Japanese Journal of Human Geography (Human Geographical Society of Japan), 59, 6, 508-532, 2007.12.
7. Satoshi Imazato, Semiotic structure of traditional Japanese rural space: Hagikura village, Suwa Basin, The Public Journal of Semiotics (Open Semiotic Resource Center), 1, 1, 2-14, 2007.01.
1. Satoshi IMAZATO, Naming methods of folk agricultural plot names: A connection between geography and cognitive lingustics, IGU Kyoto Regional Conference 2013, 2013.08.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Fukuoka Geographical Society
  • Japanese Association for Religious Studies
  • The Human Geographical Society of Japan
  • The Association of Japanese Geographers
  • The Folklore Society of Japan
  • The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
  • The Japanese Association for Rural Studies
  • The Association of Japanese Historical Geographers
  • Society for Science on Form, Japan
  • The Folklore Society of Kyoto
  • Japanese Geoscience Union