Researcher Database

Koji Yamasaki
Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies
Associate Professor

Researcher Profile and Settings


  • Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies

Job Title

  • Associate Professor


Research funding number

  • 10451395

J-Global ID

Research Interests

  • アイヌ民族   先住民族   博物館   物質文化   デジタル化   古写真   

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Museology
  • Humanities & social sciences / Cultural properties
  • Humanities & social sciences / Cultural anthropology and folklore

Academic & Professional Experience

  • 2010 Hokkaido University Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies

Association Memberships


Research Activities

Published Papers

  • Mara Miller, Koji Yamasaki
    The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Philosophy(Bret W. Davis) 734 - 754 2019/10/31 [Refereed]

    Japanese aesthetics have impacted global arts and aesthetics through traditional, modern, and post-modern aesthetic categories (mononoaware, iki, or moe, haikyo respectively) and qualities (vagueness, spontaneity). This chapter traces accomplishments of Japanese aesthetics, analyzes their complexities, highlights some challenges to philosophy of art, and introduces some emerging aesthetics and new analyses of traditional aesthetics, including Ainu. Japanese aesthetics offer valuable opportunities for developing abilities that extend, modify, and deepen our range of emotional, sensory, and artistic feeling (joy, awareness of seasonal change, the beauty of folk arts) commonly recognized as the purview of aesthetics. They also enhance a range of cognitive skills, such as comprehending the ineffable, and strengthen social and personal skills such as expressing individuality, experiencing community, encountering the other and the land, and/or surviving atomic destruction. Sections address the unparalleled millennia-old importance of women’s gaze/voices and the interactions of aesthetics with fascism and with war.

  • Ainu Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art: Replication, Remembering, Recovery
    Koji Yamasaki, Mara Miller
    New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics.(Minh Nguyen) 2017 [Refereed]
  • 山崎 幸治, Koji Yamasaki
    国立民族学博物館調査報告 = Senri Ethnological Reports 国立民族学博物館 (137) 109 - 112 1340-6787 2016/09/20 [Refereed]
  • Koji Yamasaki
    国立民族学博物館調査報告 = Senri Ethnological Reports 国立民族学博物館 (137) 113 - 117 1340-6787 2016/09/20 [Refereed]
  • Yamasaki Koji
    JAPAN BORDER REVIEW 北海道大学スラブ研究センター内 グローバルCOEプログラム「境界研究の拠点形成:スラブ・ユーラシアと世界」 境界研究ユニット (0) 141 - 149 2185-6117 2014 [Refereed]
  • 山崎 幸治
    北海道アイヌ民族生活実態調査報告 : Ainu Report 北海道大学アイヌ・先住民研究センター (1) 7 - 18 2012/01 
  • 山崎 幸治
    アジア遊学 勉誠出版 (128) 124 - 135 2009/12
  • 山崎 幸治
    Journal of the history of Hokkaido and Tohoku regions of Japan サッポロ堂書店 (3) 65 - 79 2006/12 [Refereed]
  • 谷本 晃久, 木田 歩, 山崎 幸治
    史流 北海道教育大学史学会 (41) 1 - 35 0386-9385 2004/03 [Refereed]
  • 平野 芳英, 山崎 幸治, 北原 次郎太
    北海道立アイヌ民族文化研究センタ-研究紀要 北海道立アイヌ民族文化研究センター (10) 179 - 187 1341-2558 2004/03 [Refereed]

Books etc


Research Grants & Projects

  • Cross-boundary Studies of Rethinking of Global Studies from the Indigenous people's points of view
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
    Date (from‐to) : 2018/07 -2021/03 
    Author : 池田 光穂, 山崎 幸治, 瀬口 典子, 辻 康夫, 關 雄二, 太田 好信, 加藤 博文, 石垣 直, 細川 弘明, 丹菊 逸治
    2019年11月20日から24日までカナダ・バンクーバーで開催されたアメリカ人類学会大会で、本研究課題に関する(1)日本における先住民遺骨返還請求運動、(2)先住民の文化提示と博物館の役割、(3)先住民考古学における事物の世界流通に関して、研究班のそれぞれ、(1)太田・瀬口・池田、(2)山崎、(3)加藤、がそれぞれのパネル分科会を組織し発表した。また参加者との議論ならびに情報交換に努めた。これらの発表の成果は次年度のJapanese Review of Cultural Anthropology 等に投稿する計画をたてている。そのための研究会を開催して内容を精査検討した。辻は、文化アプローチによるマイノリティ文化用語の可能性について文献調査を継続している。丹菊はユジノサハリンスクで開催された先住民の言語文化シンポジウムにおいてアイヌ語継承運動についての発表をおこなうと共に、教材絵本『ラッコパッコ』制作運動に関わり言語研修をおこなった。関は、ペルー・インガピルカ遺跡をめぐる先住民考古学とツーリズムならびに文化管理の政治的調整に関わり民族誌資料を収集しつつある。石垣は台湾中央研究院、国立政治大学原住民族研究センターにて国立原住民族博物館建設に向けた動きの政府審議をはじめブヌン社会の民族文化と言語教育について調査をすすめている。池田は上記の活動のほかに、韓国文化人類学会において、アイヌならびに琉球の遺骨返還請求運動に関する研究発表をおこなった。年度末には、遠隔会議を実施し年度内活動の報告会ならびに、先住民学カリキュラム構想にむけて情報交換をおこなった。
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
    Date (from‐to) : 2015/04 -2018/03 
    Author : YAMASAKI KOJI
    This research project examined “Ainu wooden tray” in cooperation with people of source communities (producers and users of materials and their descendants). We researched old Ainu wooden tray which did not have background data in museums. While conducting research about Ainu wooden tray, we found maker’s personal style. Furthermore, we examined design and carved patterns and its regionality. The research project made opportunities of “reconnection” of the source community with museum collections. Some old Ainu wooden trays returned in local historical context. In addition, we considered the role of ethnographic database and collaboration research with indigenous peoples.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)
    Date (from‐to) : 2011/04 -2016/03 
    The project pursued an indigenous people policy which fits in with the unique realities of the Ainu and Japan. It became clear that it's appropriate to revive ethnic culture of Ainu by placing the Ainu’s right to choose one’s ethnic identity on the article 13 of the Japanese Constitution and by imposing the obligation to realize the right on the government. Cultural revival is necessary to advance national understanding of the Ainu people and of a comprehensive policy to improve the social status of the Ainu. The cultural rehabilitation also is effective to increase young Ainu who tackle various issues for the improvement of their social status.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research
    Date (from‐to) : 2011 -2012 
    Author : KINASE Takashi, SAKATA Minako, YAMASAKI Koji, WINCHESTER Mark, NAGAOKA Shinichi, KITA Kaori
    This subject was planned to reconstruct the history of the ethnic relation between the Ainu and the Wajin in the perspective of cultural anthropology. It focused on the interaction between the self-/ others-understanding among the Ainu and that among the Wajin in modern Japan from three viewpoints: the social movements and the verbal practices by the Ainu, the studies concerning the Ainu culture, and the representations on the media. We investigated the historical development of them critically and prepared the basic information needed to connect such problematique with practical approaches to the modernity surrounding the Ainu
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
    Date (from‐to) : 2009 -2012 
    Author : DERIHA Koji, MIYATAKE Kimio, TAKARABE Kae, YAGUCHI Yujin, IKEDA Takao, YAMASAKI Koji, TAMURA Masato
    The Ainu are an indigenous people of Japan and European scientists had been interested in their features and culture because of the similarity of physical features between Caucasians and the Ainu. Many scientists visited and collected Ainu materials from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. Also huge numbers of documents like field notes, diaries and correspondences were left in European and American museums and archives. We pay attention to what they wrote on the documents and analyze the contents to describe what had been happened between researchers and the Ainu at that time from practical viewpoints.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
    Date (from‐to) : 2009 -2011 
    Author : KATO Masaru, YAMASAKI Koji, KITAHARA Jirota, MIURA Yasuyuki
    We digitalize and made a database of 25,000 old pictures taken by professors worked for university museum. In this project,(1) we restored the specimen information by using the old pictures,(2) we were sure that the pictures are base information for Ainu Culture research,(3) we restored the record of local cultural property. The most valuable result of this project is catalogue of the pictures. This catalogue was sent to many libraries, research institutions, it will be utilized for various purposes
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)
    Date (from‐to) : 2007 -2010 
    Author : TSUNEMOTO Teruki, SASAKI Masatoshi, YAMASHITA Ryuichi, KUWAYAMA Takami, HASEGAWA Ko, TSUJI Yasuo, AIZAWA Hisashi, YAMASAKI Koji, HONDA Shunwa
    UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples enumerates individual and group rights necessary for the indigenous peoples in general. It also recognizes each and every indigenous peoples and countries to seek to realize the Declaration's rights according to their concrete conditions. Japanese parliament and government finally recognized the Ainu people to be the indigenous people of northern Japan in 2008. Based on intensive and interdisciplinary research, we assert that Japan's new Ainu policy should be based on the Article 13 of the Japanese Constitution stipulating respect for individuality and its purpose should be the materialization of a society where an ethnic Ainu can freely live with Ainu's identity.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science:Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
    Date (from‐to) : 2008 -2009 
    Author : YAMASAKI Koji
    While conducting research about Ainu ceremonial crown, I found both macro (such as regional character) and micro (such as technique of craft making) researches were necessary to clarify modern Ainu material culture. Also, in order to share research result with Ainu people, a certain kind of system needs to be established. When establishing the new system, the notion of "reproduction" seems to be important.

Educational Activities

Teaching Experience

  • 博士論文指導特殊演習
    開講年度 : 2019
    課程区分 : 博士後期課程
    開講学部 : 文学研究科
  • 博士論文指導特殊演習Ⅰ
    開講年度 : 2019
    課程区分 : 博士後期課程
    開講学部 : 文学院
  • 観光創造特論Ⅱ
    開講年度 : 2019
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 国際広報・観光 MC
  • メディア文化と観光【履修証明プログラム】
    開講年度 : 2019
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 国際広報・観光 MC
  • 特別講義
    開講年度 : 2019
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 国際
  • 修士論文・特定課題指導特殊演習
    開講年度 : 2019
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 文学研究科
  • 修士論文・特定課題指導特殊演習
    開講年度 : 2019
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 文学院

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