The Graduate School of
Asian and African
Area Studies (ASAFAS)
Tembea (Staff Only)
Daiji Kimura Director, Professor
I have been conducting anthropological research in tropical Africa. From 1986 to 1989 I studied the Bongando people, shifting-cultivators in DR Congo (former Zaire). Because of the political and economic confusion and succeeding civil wars, the research among the Bongando interrupted until 2005. In 1993 I started new research on the Baka hunter-gatherers in Cameroon. In both fields I focused on the (1) ecological anthropology and (2) social interactions of the local people. Concerning (1), I published papers on time allocation, ethno-botany, and land use patterns, and (2), I analyzed daily conversation and the mode of “co-presence” of the people.
Personal Site of Daiji Kimura
Major / Research Topics / Keywords
Anthropology, Communication theory / African tropical rain forest, Agriculturist, Hunter-Gatherer
1960 Born in Ehime prefecture, Japan
1983 Graduated from the Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
1985 Received master's degree from the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
1990 Received Ph.D. in Science, Kyoto University
1992 Appointed associate professor at Faculty of Education Fukui University
1997 Appointed associate professor at Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
1998 Appointed associate professor at Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University
2012 Appointed professor at Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, and director at Center for African Area Studies, KyotoUniversity
Japan Association for African Studies
Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
The Society for Ecological Anthropology
Japanese Cognitive Science Society
The Japanese Association of Sociolinguistic Sciences
The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence
- Kimura, D. 2003 Sense of Co-presence: Verbal Interaction among Two African Societies. 326pp. Kyoto University Press. (in Japanese)
- Ichikawa, M. and D. Kimura (eds.) 2003 Recent Advances in Central African Hunter-Gatherer Research. African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue 28. 157pp..
- Kimura, D. and K. Kitanishi (eds.) 2010 People, Nature and History of African Tropical Forests I: From Ecological Perspectives, xvi+425pp. Kyoto University Press. (in Japanese)
- Kimura, D. and K. Kitanishi (eds.) 2010 People, Nature and History of African Tropical Forests II: From Sociological Perspectives. xiii+388pp. Kyoto University Press. (in Japanese)
- Kimura, D. M. Nakamura and K Takanashi (eds.) 2010 Boundary and Conjunction of Social Interaction: Studies in Nonhuman Primates, Humans and Conversation. 445pp.Showado Publishing. (in Japanese)
- Kimura, D. 2011. Semantics of Quotation. 248pp. NTT Publishing. (in Japanese)
- Ichikawa, M., D. Kimura, and H. Yasuoka (eds.) 2012 Land Use, Livelihood, and Changing Relationships between Man and Forests in Central Africa. African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue 43. 178pp.
- Kimura, D. and H. Ihobe 1985 “Feral cattle (Bos taurus) on Kuchinoshima island, southwestern Japan: Their stable ranging and unstable grouping” Journal of Ethology 3 pp.39-47.
- Kimura, D. 1987 “Structure of association in a small-group society: The case of Tokara islands, Japan” Quarterly Anthropology (in Japanese)
- Kimura, D. 1990 “Verbal interaction of the Bongando in central Zaire: With special reference to their addressee-unspecified loud speech” African Study Monographs 11-1 pp.1-26.
- Kimura, D. 1992 “Daily activities and social association of the Bongando in central Zaire” African Study Monographs 13-1 pp.1-33.
- Kimura, D. 1996 “Plant utilization and recognition among the Bongando, shifting cultivators” Animal Archaeology 5 pp.85-109 (in Japanese).
- Kimura, D. 1996 “Bongando personal names” Journal of Asian and African Studies 52: 57-79. (in Japanese)
- Kimura, D. 1997 “Information, regularity, communication: beginning with the comparison of Shannon and Bateson” Tani, Y. (ed.) Natural History of Communication, pp.31-60 Shinyosha Publising. (in Japanese)
- Kimura, D. 1997 “Strategy of ‘leaving off’ among the social interaction” Tani, Y. (ed.) Natural History of Communication, pp.414-444 Shinyosha Publising. (in Japanese)
- Kimura, D. 1998 “Land use in shifting cultivation: The case of the Bongando (Ngandu) in central Zaire” African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue 25, pp.179-203.
- Kimura, D. 1998 “Plant as female: Privative opposition in the Bongando plant nomenclature” Ecosophia 2 pp.115-127 (in Japanese).
- Kimura, D. 2001 “Utterance overlap and long silence among the Baka Pygmies: Comparison with Bantu farmer and Japanese university students” African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue 26, pp.103-121.
- Kimura, D. 2002. “Does God dwell in detail?: ‘Detai’ and ‘concreteness’ in area studies, Asian and African Area Studies 2:243-250. (in Japanese)
- Kimura, D. 2003 “Origin of instrumentality” Nishida, M. K. Kitamura and J. Yamagiwa (eds.) Origin and Evolution of Humanity, pp. 293-320 Showado Publishing. (in Japanese)
- Kimura, D. 2003 “Bakas' mode of co-presence” African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue 28, pp.25-35.
- Kimura, D. 2006 “Diversity of human verbal interaction: Two cases from tropical Africa” Cradle of Language Conference Abstracts pp.69-70.
- Tashiro, Y., G. Idani, D. Kimura and L. Bongoli 2007 “Habitat changes and decreases in the bonobo population in Wamba, Democratic Republic of the Congo” African Study Monographs 28-2 pp.99-106.
- Lingomo B. and D. Kimura 2009 “Taboo of eating bonobo among the Bongando people in the Wamba region, Democratic Republic of Congo” African Study Monographs 30-4: 209-225.
- Kimura, D. 2010 “Similar things situated vis-a-vis” Human Cultures.27: 21-26
- Kimura, D., H. Yasuoka and T. Furuichi 2012. "Diachronic change of protein acquisition among the Bongando in the Democratic Republic of the Congo." African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue 43: 161-178.
- Yasuoka, H., D. Kimura, C. Hashimoto and T. Furuichi 2012. "Quantitative assessment of livelihood around great ape reserves: Cases in Luo Scientific Reserve, DR Congo and Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Uganda." African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue 43: 137-159.
- Ichikawa, M., D. Kimura and H. Yasuoka 2012. "Preface." African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue 43: 161-178.
MEXT/JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 22241057, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) “Present Situation and Future Prospects of Protein Acquisition in African Tropical Forest” 2010-2014
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