Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture Kanagawa University

Research and study

Main research themes

Comprehensive Surveys of Local Communities

Surveys of rural villages and other local communities grasp the community as a whole and discover how people create culture and history through interaction with nature. These surveys provide a foundation for local history and studies of folk culture.

Futagami Island in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, is the target area of the joint research project: History and Folk Culture of Futagami Island with Particular Focus on Futagami-Family

The History of Fisheries

Studies on fishery and fishing villages encompass interpretation of historical documents, analyses of fishing tools, and interviews on the local techniques of fishing and shipbuilding. Research materials collected by ISJFC when it was an incorporated foundation have been extensively utilized.

Hand-copied texts of fishery and fishing villages (owned by ISJFC)

Mingu Studies

Research focusing on the relation of folk implements and local history. Findings are shared through the publication of “Mingu Monthly.”

The Management of Documents and Mingu

Research on overall management (including compilation, recording,
repairment, preservation and maintenance) of historical documents
and Mingu.

Practical training on restoration techniques of historical documents is provided.

The History of the Attic Museum and the ISJFC

Research on past activities and research materials of the Attic Museum and the ISJFC.