I am a research fellow of the Graduate School of Asia and African Area
Studies of Kyoto University, Japan.
My major is ecological-anthropology; I have been carrying out fieldwork with the Rendille pastoralists of northern Kenya since 1998.
I also have a dream to be a documentary photographer as well as a field scientist, travel around the world, study local culture, and photograph beautiful nature and brave local people.
|Rendille warrior Jitowa Sun Luhmorogo(right)||My homestay's house under a full moon|
Life as nomads
Born: in Kuche, China.
(Kuche is a small town in XinJiang Uighur Outonomous Region in North-Western China,
where had been well known as a major oasis at the time of expansion of the Silk Road)
1st Move: Kuche to LuoYang, China in
(Luoyang is an old city on the south bank of the Yellow River, where had been the capital of nine dynasties in China's 4000-year history)
2nd Move: LuoYang to Saitama Prefecture, Japan in
(After studying architecture design for one and a half year at LouYang University, I made up my mind to go overseas.
I was lucky because a Japanese newspaper store agreed to support the expenses of my Japanese language school. In return,
I had to deliver newspapers twice a day at 3 am in the early morning and 1 pm in the afternoon, without any holiday.
It was very hard, but I was happy because I became independent.)
3rd Move: Saitama to Tsukuba, Japan in 1994.
(It is one of the happiest moments in my life when I received the admission notice of University of Tsukuba.
I enjoyed my university life in Mountain-climbing Club and Photograph Club)
4th Move: Tsukuba to Marsabit, Kenya in
(One morning when I woke up and found that I was in a small village, people around me were all looked like jumping out from ethnographic books, my dream came true.
I must thank professor Sato, who is the pioneer anthropologist on African pastoralists studies.
Without his help, I could not have been to Northern Kenya, started my research with the Rendille people.)
5th Move: Marsabit to
Tsukuba to Kyoto, Japan in 2001.
(I am very happy because I get the chance to study at the Center of African Studies of Kyoto University, which is the only one research certer of African studies in Japan.)
6th Move: Kyoto to Nairobi, Kenya in 2005.
(After four years studies in Kyoto, I finally submitted my Ph.D paper and became a research fellow of the Center of Africa Studies.
The exciting news is that I am stationed in the Nairobi Field Station of Kyoto University for one year. New challenge in my life.)
7th Move: Nairobi to Kyoto, Japan in 2006.
(Time passed by so quickly and I have to return to Kyoto University of Japan, now I am working as a JSPS Postdoctoral researcher.)
mountain-climbing, cycling, motor cycling, diving, kayaking and other adventure sports.
New-Mamiya6 + Lens 50mm, 150mm (mainly for black and white film)
NikonF3, NikonFm2T + Lens Ai-Nikkor 20mm, 35mm, 85mm, 75-150mm (mainly for colour slide film)
NikonD80, D70 + Tokina 12-24mm, Nikkor 18-200mm, Tamron 28-75mm, Nikon 80-200mm, Sigma 50-500mm (mainly for wildlife photograph)
Ricoh-GR1s (great camera for snaps)
Panasonic FZ20 (before I got Sigma50-500mm, this digital camera was used for wildlife photograph)
Canon-Powershot45+ diving housing. (only use for diving)
Ernest Hemingway "The old man and the sea"
Thor Heyerdahl "The Kon-Tiki expedition"
Naomi Uemura "Seisyun wo Yama ni Kakete (in Japanese)"
Wilfred Thesiger "Vision of a nomad"
Alistair Graham & Peter Beard "Eyelids of Morning"
and "National Geographic Magazine"