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ID:211 Disaster Risk Reduction Anthropology for the Local Intangible Cultural Heritage

Tohoku University Kawauchi-kita Campus A102


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Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University


Tohoku University Center for Northeast Asian Studies




Number of participants 100

The purpose of our poster presentation was to open our research project and outcomes at CNEAS (Center for Northeast Asian Studies) to the public. We have emphasized the necessity to research about intangible cultural heritages after natural disasters for community preservation, prevention of damage and risk reduction. In the poster, we have commented about rebuilding intangible cultural heritage (typically these are regular annual events among local community which include Kagura, Mikoshi and so on) in Miyagi prefecture after the Great East Japan earthquake. For foreign visitors, we displayed some photograph about folk culture in the disaster-stricken area too. Our presentation continued to display for any visitors throughout WCDRR sessions. The realization to plow back part of our research outcomes into society is one of result this time. In addition, a young researcher who interest in intangible cultural heritages contacted us from abroad to apply his postdoctoral fellowship in Japan. He found us through the information in WCDRR website and we are going to fix up his propose now. Such new contacts toward researchers should be considered as a result from the presentation too. In the end, we want to insist the necessity to keep sending research outcomes to public. We recognize that we must work together and share information to the risk reduction from natural disaster beyond research area or social position. Precisely for this reason, we will keep endeavoring to inform our research outcomes from now on.


The research and supporting activities on the local intangible cultural heritage would be a way for empowerment of the disaster risk reduction. Our group organized the applied anthropological project in the Tsunami attacked areas. The exhibition is to share the knowledge and to make the collaboration with the related policy-makers and cultural administrator.

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