1st Edition

Multidisciplinary Studies of the Environment and Civilization Japanese Perspectives

Edited By Yoshinori Yasuda, Mark Hudson Copyright 2018
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    Multidisciplinary Studies on the Environment and Civilization draws on research from a diverse range of fields across the humanities, social and natural sciences to discover what is needed to develop an affluent, sustainable and resilient world for the twenty-first century and beyond.

    The contributions throughout this volume build and promote frameworks for an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability both in and beyond Japan. Utilizing research efforts from a broad range of fields such as zoology, biological anthropology and archaeology, these multidisciplinary studies are brought together to assess the impacts humans have had on the environment as well as the role of civilization, culture and heritage in environmental history.

    This book provides a truly multidisciplinary approach to environmental issues and will be of great interest to graduate students and researchers in fields such as climate, geology, plant taxonomy and marine science as well as those with an interest in Japanese history, archaeology, art and literature.

    Preface- Yoshinori Yasuda

    Chapter 1. Introduction: The Great Wave of the Anthropocene
    Mark J. Hudson

    Part I: Natural History and Environmental History: Building Interdisciplinary Frameworks

    Chapter 2. The Fishes of Shizuoka: A History of Fish- Fauna Research and Some Future Perspectives
    Kōichi Shibukawa

    Chapter 3. Lake Varves and Environmental History
    Kazuyoshi Yamada

    Chapter 4. The Geological Record of Tsunamis in the Anthropocene
    Daisuke Sugawara

    Chapter 5. Stable and Radiocarbon Isotope Measurements to Reconstruct the Diet and Age of Human Skeletal Remains during the Jōmon Period

    Sōichirō Kusaka

    Chapter 6. Mount Fuji and Waka Poetry

    Kazuha Tashiro

    Chapter 7. Mt. Fuji and the Tokugawa Shogunate

    Jin Matsushima

    Part II: Culture, Civilization and the Environment

    Chapter 8. Biogeography of Pantropical Plants with Sea-Drifted Seeds

    Kōji Takayama

    Chapter 9. Fuji Mine Shugyō: An Introduction to Mountain Ascetic Practices on Mount Fuji

    Yasumasa Ōtaka

    Part III: Environment and cultures: East/West

    Chapter 10. Neolithisation: A Perspective from the East Asian Inland Seas

    Junzō Uchiyama

    Chapter 11. Global Environmental Justice and the Natural Environment in Japanese Archaeology

    Mark J. Hudson







    Yoshinori Yasuda is the Director of the Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka, Japan, a Professor at Ritsumeikan University, and Professor Emeritus at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan.

    Mark J. Hudson is a researcher in the Eurasia3angle project at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany, and a Research Associate at the Institut d’Asie Orientale, ENS de Lyon, France.