Full-time researchers in a variety of fields help to communicate the value Mt. Fuji has as a World Heritage Site as they pursue scholarly examination of Mt. Fuji, and conduct comparative research between it and other World Heritage sites.
Further, the Centre works to collaborate with universities, research institutions, museums and art galleries both in Japan and overseas to establish itself as a base for international World Heritage Site research.
- Art History
- Medieval to Early Modern Japanese Art History
- Tokugawa Shōgun Kenryoku to Kanō ha Kaiga [Tokugawa Shogun Strength and the Kano School of Painting]
- My specialization is
- Historical Science
- Associate Professor
- Japanese Medieval History, Social History
- Sanmō Mandara no Kenkyū [Pilgrimage Mandala Research], Fujisan Shinkō to Shugendō [Mt. Fuji Religious Faith and Asceticism]
- My specializations are Japanese medieval history and social history. I study the world of pilgrimages to temples, shrines and other holy places, which has been endlessly fascinating to so many. Why was it that people of all social classes and genders in pre-modern times made pilgrimages to far-off temples, shrines and sacred places, despite the many transportation obstacles and dangers these trips entailed? This question gets at the beliefs and ideals of people of that time. I study old texts, records, paintings, folk materials and other resources to broadly and carefully study the history of Mt. Fuji as an object of religious devotion.
- Japanese Literature
- Associate Professor
- Classical Japanese Literature and Waka Poetry History
- Kinsei Waka Gasan no Kenkyū [Research into Early-Modern Waka Inscriptions on Paintings]
- My specialization is classical Japanese literature, in particular Waka and Haikai verse of the Edo period. My research grew from an interest in paintings in general as well as an interest in the literary art of painting inscription, where a Waka verse or other poem or text is combined with a painting.
For the future, I hope to examine the appeal of Mt. Fuji as a source of literary artistic inspiration over time, as evidenced by its frequent appearance in the poetry of Suruga Province as well as in travel writings and works of narrative fiction.