||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, 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..
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.