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ABOUT Nishiogiology 西荻町学とは:

Livelihoods, Liveliness, Livability 生活、活気、居住性

Nishiogiology is a web-based research project on commercial foodways in the Tokyo neighborhood of Nishi-Ogikubo. Three keywords in this project are livelihoods, livability, and liveliness. They represent a set of broad questions about what makes a neighborhood a “good place” to work, to live, and to play in times of economic stagnation, aging, and many other challenges to life in Tokyo. As an approach to these open-ended questions, we are documenting the foodways of this Tokyo neighborhood, which is known for its owner-operated shops and a built environment on a human scale. The ongoing research documents restaurateurs, culinary artisans, shop owners, community activists, and other residents, and their challenges in providing for themselves, while also contributing to a lively and livable urban community through food. 


*This research is supported by the Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Robert J. Myers Fund of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. The contents are the sole responsibility of the researchers and do not represent the ideas of the supporting agencies. The project leader is James Farrer, an urban sociologist teaching at Sophia University. 

Nishiogiology publishes our ethnographic stories. Academic articles can be downloaded here.





「何が町をいい場所にするのか?」という疑問から、高齢化や景気の停滞など、町が「経験」する様々な課題を明らかにしていくことを目的としています。 このはっきりとした答えがない疑問を探るべく、私たちは、ここ東京近郊のフードカルチャーをレポートしていきます。




このプロジェクトは上智大学比較文化研究所日本学術振興会 、そしてカーネギー国際関係論理協会の ロブトーJ.マイエルズ基金から協賛をいただいております。ただし、リサーチ内容に関しましてはリサーチャー独自の内容であり、協賛をいただいている団体とは一切関係ありません。プロジェクトリーダーは上智大学社会学教授ファーラー ・ジェームです。


Core Members

James Farrer, Professor of Sociology, Nishiogiology Project Leader