Research paper presented at the European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS) Conference, held at Kobe University
CTR researcher, Dr. Abhik Chakraborty presented research papers on alpine tourism and place making in Japan in the European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS) Conference 2016.
24th September, Saturday – 25th September, Sunday, 2016
Kobe University (Hyogo, Japan)
About the EAJS
The EAJS is one of the largest international academic societies specializing on Japanese Studies and their conferences typically feature high quality research papers on the social sciences, literature and politico-economic situations. In this year’s conference, there were several research reports on related to tourism; such as heritagization (2020 Tokyo Olympics) and rural revitalization efforts in contemporary Japan. The conference was co-hosted by EAJS and Kobe University, and supported by the Japan Foundation.
In my presentation, I gave an overview of the transformation of mountain tourism destinations of Japan, particularly focusing on the case study of Kamikochi.
In this paper I discussed the complex nature of natural heritage of the concerned area, i.e. how the Japanese Alps is a geologically recent, uplift-dominated landform that is shaped by intensive denudation and volcanism related processes, and how these processes are related to the ecosystem/landscape mechanisms.
The paper also discussed the transformation of this landscape due to a variety of socioeconomic factors and how tourism here underwent several transition phases. Challenges for sustainable tourism management such as landscape fragmentation, global environmental change and lack of tourist awareness; and prospects such as rising environmental consciousness among tourists and stakeholders were analyzed.