Ikuyo Matsumoto

Professor,School of International Liberal Arts, Yokohama City University*Profile is at the time of the award.

2020Inamori Research GrantsHumanities & Sociology

Research topics
An Interdisciplinary Study of the Relationship between the Establishment of Professional Lineages and Lineage Origin Narratives of Kami and Buddhas in the Japanese Medieval Period
The establishment of the house (ie) in medieval Japan was closely related to the family occupation that each family had to inherit. Each family had rituals related to the origins of the family and events related to the arts, such as the Waka-e, and many of them were legitimized by enshrining the guardian deity of the family and the family profession. The social status of a house or family occupation was enshrined by myths and lore that told of its origins. However, the gods and the Buddha spoken and described therein were indeed of socio-cultural historical significance, different from the modern concept of Kami.
This study investigates the formation of the Kami and Buddha in relation to the emperor and the noble families in such medieval house formation, and discusses their historical significance.


A crisis in the humanities is being advocated worldwide. Rather than simply lamenting these times, I would like to take a look back at my research stance and methodology, and challenge myself to see what is possible. With the advancement of globalization, the cultural characteristics that link Japan and East Asia have become clearer, and interdisciplinary research with overseas researchers has become easier.

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