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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Anthropological Study of “Waza”: Technology, Body, Risk/Hazard (Anthropological Study of Things (3))



  • waza
  • technology
  • body
  • risk/hazard
  • environment


  • East Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Africa



About the Project

Project term: April, 2017–March, 2020

Recently, the risks and limitations related to the modern western understanding of technologies have become clearly visible in the various challenges and problems related to technology and its negative consequences, such as environmental and other issue. In light of these issues, this project will re-examine various local technological practices from comparative- and anthropological perspectives. This project is a continuation of the 2014-2016 ILCCA project “The Anthropological Study of Things (the second term)”. The previous project studied the relationship between humans and non-human entities artifacts, artificial objects, natural things, animals, etc.) in different socio-cultural settings. In the third part of this project, we continue our anthropological (ethnographical) study of various technological aspects of the relationship between humans and non-human entities and the study’s implications for culture, society, and technology in different socio-cultural settings around the world, particularly in Asia and Africa.

Ikuya TOKORO, Project Coordinator (Professor, ILCAA)



  • Ikuya TOKORO (ILCAA)


  • Kaori KAWAI
  • Ryoko NISHII
  • Yukako YOSHIDA

Joint Researchers

  • Tatsuya HIGAKI
  • Morie KANEKO
  • Shuhei KIMURA
  • Akinori KUBO
  • Suehisa KURODA
  • Tomoko NIWA
  • Katsumi OKUNO
  • Keiichi OMURA
  • Ryoji SODA
  • Masakazu TANAKA
  • Motomitsu UCHIBORI
  • Shuhei UDA



The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(252KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 8 Jul 2018 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Sohey UDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology)
    “Why don’t Japanese cormorant fishers domesticate cormorants?”
    Shuhei KIMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tsukuba University)
    “Divine act and human act: a case of a tsunami-prone community in Japan”
    Sho MORISHITA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Constructing the “Scientific Skills" for Religious Customs: Practice of Bosscha Observatory, Indonesia”

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(255KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 16 Dec 2017 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Morie KANEKO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Preliminary considerations on Anthropological study of “WAZA” : Possibilities for formation of technology by taking a pluralistic approach”
    Kaori KOMATSU (Hokkai Gakuen University)
    “Acceptability of genetically modified bananas”
    Ryouji SODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka City University)
    “Technological development, transition, and diffusion of river improvement”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(207KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 9 Jul 2017 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Ikuya TOKORO (ILCAA)
    Tatsuya HIGAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    The theory of Technology in Deleuze and its Developement
    Suehisa KURODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Shiga Prefecture)
    Beginner’s approach to blacksmith as a “waza” of collaborating with material, tools, fire

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