Taisaku Komeie

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Taisaku Komeie
Kyoto University
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Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2007
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letter, Kyoto University
Oct 2003
Mar 2007
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Letter, Kyoto University
Apr 2001
Sep 2003
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Letter, Aichi Prefectual University
Apr 1999
Mar 2001
Lecturer, Faculty of Letter, Aichi Prefectual University
Apr 1995
Mar 1999
Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Scinence


Apr 1993
Mar 1998
Graduate School of Letter, Kyoto University

Awards & Honors

Mar 1999
Evolition of the image of autonomy and privilege in a mountainous region: a medieval history written in early modern time in western Japan, AJG Awards, Association of Japanese Geographers

Published Papers

Modern scientific forestry and forest zone in the Japanese Empire: Mountain research and 'devastated' vegetation in Taiwan at the end of the nineteenth century
Taisaku Komeie and Taro Takemoto
Arena   21 138-152   Nov 2018   [Invited]
Taisaku Komeie
Rekishi Hyoron   805 42-55   May 2017   [Invited]
Chi-Young Jung and Taisaku Komeie
Journal of Cultural and Historical Geography   29(1) 1-20   Feb 2017   [Refereed]
This study aimed at examining the process of trips to Korea for Japanese secondary school teachers lecturing history and geography in 1925 and 1932, then analyzing their understandings of Korea subsequent to their
trips. The analysis on the proces...
Taisaku Komeie
The Hisotorical Geography   58(1) 19-38   Jan 2016   [Invited]
This paper examines the politics of national and regional resources in modern Japan, with special reference to the prohibition of the burning of grassland. Afforestation and the reduction of grassland became one of the most important issues in Jap...
Taisaku Komeie
Memoires of the Fucluty of Letters, Kyoto University   53 319-364   Mar 2014
Taisaku Komeie
Space, Society, and Geographical Thought   17 41-56   Mar 2014   [Invited]
K. Onoda; S. Miyamoto; H. Fujita; T. Komeie; N. Kawahara; H. Kawaguchi
Japanese Journal of Human Geography   65(1) 1-28   Feb 2013   [Refereed][Invited]
This paper reviews major achievements of Japanese historical geography, history of cartography, and historical GIS since 1980. We can obtain fruitful research results in the three realms of historical geography - “real world”, “imagined world”, an...
Taisaku Komeie
Rekishi Chirigaku   53(1) 68-83   Jan 2012   [Refereed][Invited]
This paper reconsiders modern historical geographies through a fundamental question: How is the modern era defined in historical geography? This query is often overlooked in Japan because it has adopted a common periodisation of the modern era, th...
Victor R. Savage [translated by Taisaku Komeie]
Rekishi Chirigaku   50(1) 79-100   Jan 2008   [Invited]
Taisaku Komeie
Geographical Review of Japan   79(12) 200-215   Oct 2006   [Refereed]
Japanese colonial environmentalism in the early twentieth-century Korea is examined with special reference to academic representations of hwajeon or shifting cultivation. Tracing the progress of the “disposal” project of hwajeon and the researche...
Taisaku Komeie
Rekishi Chirigaku   47(2) 1-23   Mar 2005   [Refereed]
Japan had several types of shifting cultivation or slash-and-burn farming. Although their historical geographies had been partly researched, little attentions had been paid to their historical change and regional variations including kano, one typ...
Taisaku Komeie
Shirin   88(1) 126-158   Jan 2005   [Refereed][Invited]
Taisaku Komeie
Bulletin of the Faculty of Letters Aichi Prefectural University   4 87-144   Mar 2002
Taisaku Komeie
Shirin   83(6) 937-976   Nov 2000   [Refereed]
Japanese politicians, social scientists, and schoolteachers have used a triadic model of villages to classify settlements by their location and economy: rural villages in plain land (no-son), mountain villages (san-son), and fishing villages (gyo-...
KOMEIE Taisaku
Geographical review of Japan. Ser.A   71(7) 481-504   Jul 1998   [Refereed]
Some folklorists and cultural geographers have described medieval mountainous areas as regions formed by energetic and self-sufficient people, whose power was reduced under the Tokugawa regime in early modern times. But throughout the period, m...
KOMEIE Taisaku
Japanese Journal of Human Geography   49(6) 546-566   Dec 1997   [Refereed]
The purpose of this paper is to re-examine the history of the mountain area in Japan with special reference to differing viewpoints expressed by historians and other scholars such as folklorists, geographers or ethnologists. This difference of vie...
Taisaku Komeie
Shirin   80(1) 38-74   Jan 1997   [Refereed]
Some mountain villages in Japan have handed down similar legends, narrating " ochiudo", a defeated warrior who had fled his enemies, first settled down there in the medieval period. This story had become an interest for folklorists and geographers...
KOMEIE Taisaku
Japanese Journal of Human Geography   48(1) 48-68   Feb 1996   [Refereed]
In the history of mountain villages of Japan, it was during the medieval period when mountain villages advanced the frontiers of land use and started actively territorializing mountain space. But the status of medieval mountain studies is restrict...


Taisaku Komeie
Japanese Journal of Human Geography   70(4) 498-499   Dec 2018
(Miscellaneous) Tomatsuri Yumio, "Ezu ni miru Bakumatsu no Hokuhen-bobi: Goryokaku to Jokaku, Jin'ya, Daiba"
Taisaku Komeie
Shirin   101(6) 161-161   Nov 2018   [Refereed]
(Book Review) Abe Mika, "Listen to Hiroshige's Voice"
Taisaku Komeie
Rekishi Chirigaku   60(4) 24-27   Nov 2018   [Invited]
A critics on Kazuki Haga's presentation
Taisaku Komeie
Rekishigaku Kenkyu Geppo   (695) 7-7   Nov 2017   [Invited]
Taisaku Komeie
Japanese Journal of Human Geography   69(2) 250-251   Jun 2017   [Invited]
(Book Review) Ts'ui-jung Liu ed., "Environmental History in East Asia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives"
Taisaku Komeie
Rekishi Chirigaku   56(4) 28-30   Sep 2014   [Refereed]
Taisaku Komeie
Shirin   94(2) 349-355   Mar 2011   [Invited]
Colonial Tourism in Korean Heritage Spaces, 1910-1945
Taisaku Komeie
Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Historical Geographers, Kyoto 2009   286-287   2010   [Invited]
Formation of the images of autonomy and privilege in the mountain region : a medieval history written in early modern times
Taisaku Komeie
Proceedings of the General Meeting of the Association of Japanese Geographers   52 94-95   Oct 1997

Books etc

Kyoto Nakagawa no Kitayama Ringyo Keikan Chosa-hokokusho
Taisaku Komeie (Part:Contributor, Nakagawa ni ikiduita kurashi no rekishi)
Kyoto City   Mar 2019   
Landscape History and Historical Geography
Taisaku Komeie (Part:Contributor, Selection of eight scenic sites of Korea in 1935: Landscapes of colonial tourism)
Yoshikawa Kobunkan   Apr 2018   ISBN:978-4642046480
A History of Science Thoughts in Meiji and Taisho Periods
Taisaku Komeie (Part:Contributor, Geographical knowledge in Meiji and Taisho periods: Topographies and travel writings on Korea)
Keiso Shobo   Aug 2017   ISBN:978-4326102617
Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps
Taisaku Komeie (Part:Contributor, Self-Portrait of a Village)
University Press of Chicago   Mar 2016   ISBN:978-0226073057
Dictionary of Human Geography
Taisaku Komeie (Part:Contributor)
Sep 2013   ISBN:9784621086872
Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Historical Geographers, Kyoto 2009
Akihiro Kinda et al (Part:Joint Editor)
Kyoto University Press   Aug 2010   ISBN:978-4876989614
A Landscape History of Japan
Taisaku Komeie (Part:Contributor, Chapter 7 The early modern rural landscape; Chapter 8 Modernization of the countryside; Chapter 10 Landscapes in literature and painting)
Kyoto University Press   Feb 2010   ISBN:978-4876987924
Geography and History: Bridging the Divied
Alan R. H. Baker (Part:Joint Translation, Chpter 3)
Aug 2009   ISBN:978-4562091331
Modern Historical Geographies
Brian Graham and Catherin Nash (Part:Joint Translation, Chapter 4 - 8)
Kokon Shoin   May 2005   ISBN:4772214704

Conference Activities & Talks

[Tourism and the spatial structure of imaginative geographies in imperial Japan] [Invited]
Taisaku Komeie
Annual Meeting, the Association of Historical Geographers in Japan   18 May 2019   Association of Historical Geographers in Japan
Fire, grassland, and the imperial foresters: Intercolonial understandings on vegitaiton change and 'devastation' in the Jap
Taisaku Komeie
24 Nov 2018   
This paper describes the organized academic body of knowledge within the Japanese Empire that explained how colonial woodlands had become areas of thin secondary vegetation. It argues how the role of the local population and deliberate burning cam...
Japanese colonial tourism to the Russian border: Defeat and admiration for a European city, Harbin
Taisaku Komeie
17th International Conference of Historical Geographers   16 Jul 2018   
Expansion of the Japanese empire from the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth century gave rise to colonial tourism to adjacent areas including Hokkaido, Taiwan, Korea, and northeast China. Recent literature in cultural history and historical geo...
Colonial tourism from modern Japan to Harbin: Expreiences of the imperial frontier and the 'Russian'
Taisaku Komeie
General meeting of the Association of Japanese Geographers   22 Mar 2018   Association of Japanese Geographers
Taisaku Komeie
4th Conference of East Asian Environmental History   28 Oct 2017   Association for East Asian Environmental History
Modern scientific forestry played a critical role in control and conservation of colonial forests as typically shown in the British Empire. In pursuing colonial forestry understanding on the indigenous people’s impact on vegetation was an importan...
Taisaku Komeie
General Meeting of the Association of Japanese Geographers   28 Mar 2017   Association of Japanese Geographers
Taisaku Komeie
General Meeting of the Association of Japanese Geographers   21 Mar 2016   Association of Japanese Geographers
Taisaku Komeie
The Third Conference of East Asian Environmental History   24 Oct 2015   Association for East Asian Environmental History
Conducting research on and developing an understanding of vegetation conditions are integral to modern scientific forestry. In many cases, construction of systematic knowledge on the natural environment has played a critical role in forest policie...
Taisaku Komeie
16th International Conference of Historical Geographers   9 Jul 2015   
Modern Japanese forestry needed to grasp contemporary state of flora both in the mainland and the colonial territories. Parallel to the establishment of the national control of forest and the expansion of the colonies from the late nineteenth cent...
Forestry and Swidden Agriculture in Colonial Korea: Japanese Survey and Representation [Invited]
Taisaku Komeie
3rd International Workshop on JSPS project of Historical Studies on Japanese Imperial Sciences and Its Network   6 Jun 2014   
Colonial Tourism in Korean Heritage Spaces, 1910-1945
Taisaku Komeie
14th International Conference of Historical Geographers   26 Aug 2009   
Colonization of historic sites: Japanese survey and control of Korean heritage spaces 1910-1945
Taisaku Komeie
13th International Conference of Historical Geographers, University of Hamburg   Aug 2006   
Shifting cultivation and forest policy in colonial Korea, 1910-1945: Japanese survey, representation and suppression
Taisaku Komeie
12th International Conference of Historical Geographers   11 Dec 2003   
Imaginative Geography and Early Modern Japan: A Retrospective View of Mountain People
Taisaku Komeie and Shinobu Yamada
11th International Conference of Historical Geographers   18 Aug 2001   

Research Grants & Projects

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(基盤研究(C))
Project Year: 2008 - 2010    Investigator(s): Taisaku KOMEIE
Conservation of historic sites was one of the important projects in colonial Korea under the Japanese domination. Historic places regarding to ancient kingdoms, Shilla, Baekje, and Goguryeo, came to be not only academic concern of Japanese histori...