Academic Articles Based on Nishiogiology 
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Wessendorf, Susanne., Farrer, James. Commonplace and out-of-place diversities in London and Tokyo: migrant-run eateries as intercultural third places. Comparative Migration Studies 9, 28 (2021).

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James Farrer (2021) The space-time compression of Tokyo street drinking, Food, Culture & Society, DOI: 10.1080/15528014.2020.1859902

Recently there has been a widespread revival of Tokyo's vintage yokochō. As spaces for drinking and eating, the forced intimacy in these cramped interstitial spaces fosters sociability and association among strangers. 


A Tokyo Restaurant Community Faces COVID-19

James Farrer. 2020. “A Tokyo Restaurant Community Faces COVID-19” Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa 2020 (2); 245-54. 

Independent restaurants are threatened both by COVID-19 and the social distancing measures necessary to contain the pandemic. In one Tokyo community, restaurant patrons have organized to support local eateries.

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James Farrer. 2020. “How are Tokyo’s Independent Restauranteurs Surviving the Pandemic?Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 2020 (18) 18:13. 

With fewer resources than corporate chains, small independent restaurants are particularly vulnerable to an extended economic downturn. This paper looks at how independent restaurant owners in Tokyo have coped with the pandemic both individually and as members of larger communities. 


Grimy Heritage: Organic Bar Streets in Shanghai and Tokyo

James Farrer. 2019. “Grimy Heritage: Organic Bar Streets in Shanghai and Tokyo”  Built Heritage Vol. 3, Issue 3, pp. pp. 73-85.

A comparative study of Shanghai and Tokyo emphasizing the importance of preserving vernacular drinking streets and the challenges of doing so. 


The Decline of the Neighborhood Chinese Restaurant in Urban Japan


Global Japanese Cuisine Research Webpage

"Global Japanese Cuisine" is Nishiogiology's sister project. It researches Japanese food around the world based on fieldwork and interviews on five continents. The project webpage includes photos from fieldwork as well as links to the numerous publications from the project.