Yosuke Washiya

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Tohoku University *Profile is at the time of the award.

2022Inamori Research GrantsHumanities & Sociology

Research topics
Mobilizing “the method of becoming” – From the ethnography of matagi hunters
Through ethnographic inquiry on Matagi hunters in northern Japan, this study aims to deepen a new methodological concept of ‘dynamic observation’.


When the term ‘going native’ implies ethnographers to stay objective and keep appropriate distance with the field to study, I cannot help myself finding how it actually is nealy impossible to go native, not less aquiring skills and wisdoms of matagi bear hunter whom I conduct apprenticeship ethnography. Neverthelss, I simply keep going visit the field, motivated to become like the matagi hunters in the field.

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