Japanese Disaster Culture

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Associate Professor: Yuichi Ebina
Senior Researcher:
“Disaster Culture” can be understood as the way humans are living with mother nature. Focusing on people who have occupations that deal with various natural environments throughout Japan, I collect and analyze disaster folklore for the use of mitigating future disaster impacts.
I aim to understand how memories and records of past natural disasters have been passed on via transcriptions, historic stone monuments, and storytelling seen in everyday life. With that in mind, I explore how we must tell for the future.
A first step for managing disasters is for local residents to understand the history and climate of their own area. Through fieldwork, along with the residents, I consider how disaster management that fits with their own area can be woven into the daily lives of local residents.
I also conceptualize disaster management that is based on Japanese perceptions on nature, disasters, lives, and death.