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The Graduate School of
Asian and African
Area Studies (ASAFAS)
Kyoto Univ.
Kyoto University
Tembea (Staff Only)

Misa Hirano (Nomoto) Associate Professor


The Bamiléké ethnic group originated in the western Cameroon, where the people are divided into over a hundred small chiefdoms that are stratified to a high degree. Since the beginning of the 20th century, many Bamiléké have migrated and settled in big cities and plantation areas throughout the country. The capital Yaoundé is one such place. I primarily conducted my fieldwork in Yaoundé, but I also investigated a chiefdom in the Bamiléké region. In a big city like Yaoundé, many Bamiléké chiefdoms have their associations, which I call Home-Village Associations, intended for the mutual assistance of members. I investigate a system of rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs), which is called tontine in Francophone Cameroon, and is indispensable to such associations. I also study Okinawan ROSCAs called Moai, focusing on local communities in Naha, Miyakojima (Okinawa) and Taiyo (Osaka).

Major / Research Topics / Keywords

Urban Anthropology / Money and Community in Okinawa and Cameroon, Ethnic Relationships in African Urban Society /African Urban Society, Money, Cameroon, Bamiléké, Okinawan Urban Community, ROSCAs(Rotating Savings and Credit Associations), Moai, Taisyo

Major Publifications
  • Hirano-Nomoto Misa 2010. A Study of the Habitus of African Traders: The Case of the Bamiléké of Cameroon.Agora (Journal of International Center for Regional Studies) 7: 1-12 (in Japanese).
  • Hirano-Nomoto Misa 2009. Tontines (ROSCAs) and Community : How Bamiléké People Manage their Money? Kikan Minzokugaku (The Senri Foundation) 128: 85-104.
  • Nomoto Misa 2006. An Anthropological Study on the Rural Development of African Urban Dwellers: The Case of the Bamiléké of Cameroon. The IUK Journal of Intercultural Studies (The International University of Kagoshima) 6(4): 341-354.
  • Nomoto Misa 2004. The Meanings of Money in Tontines (ROSCAs): The Case of the Bamiléké of Cameroon. BUNKAJINRUIGAKU (Japanese Journal of Cultural Anthropology) 69(3): 353-372.
  • Nomoto, M., 2005. Writing on the Body: An Anthropological Study of Widow Ritual in Cameroon. Journal of Studies for the Integrated Text Science (Graduate School of Letters Nagoya University. 21st Century COE Program) 3(1): 135-145.
  • Nomoto, M., 2004. A Study of Nonverbal Communication in a Bamileke Chiefdom, Cameroon. Journal of Studies for the Integrated Text Science (Graduate School of Letters Nagoya University. 21st Century COE Program) 2(1): 137-147.


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