Research Staff

Keiichi Watanabe
Research Group
Museum Studies Research Group
Ph. D. (Literature)
Photograph Explanation
Giving a seminar on ancient documents in Kitaakita, Akita Prefecture (November 2012).


Graduated from the School of Human Sciences, Waseda University, and later left a doctorate course in humanities and social science at the University of Tsukuba. Tutor in the School of Human Sciences at Waseda University, and part-time lecturer at the Nursing Department of Jichi Medical University, the Faculty of Humanities of Tokyo Kasei Gakuin University, the Midwifery Department of Teikyo Heisei University, the School of Human Sciences of Waseda University, and the School of Humanities and Culture of the University of Tsukuba. Joined the Lake Biwa Museum in October, 2014.

1. Village self government and festivals, in particular, the production of ethnography in miyaza of the Ohmi region.
2. The development of natural resources by regional societies, research on the processes of management and modernisation.
3. Historical material studies of the construction of documents, books, sacred teachings, paintings, and stone-built artifacts.

Key Words of Research
Miyaza, Ohmi villages, regional societies, natural resources, material culture, literacy studies.

Professional Society Membership
The Folklore Society of Japan, The Society of Living Folklore, The Society for Mingu of Japan, The Japanese Association for Rural Studies.