Position:Associate Professor

MAIL: masa [at] cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Research Departments

Environmental Coexistence


Environmental History in Southeast Asia, Vietnamese Studies, Tropical Agriculture

Research Interests

Environmental History in Southeast Asia, Vietnamese Village Studies

Cut down grass with unique long knife called Tajak to soak them in water for a while for preparing rice planting at the lower part of the river in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Environmental History in Southeast Asia
People in Southeast Asia have had a long history of human-nature interaction. A word of “people”, however, has different types of meanings on human, which includes an individual, a group as an assembly of individuals, and society. In order to understand human-nature interaction, it is important to clarify on what “people” means. In another word, it is necessarily not only to understand how an individual or a group interacts with nature, but also to do how a society supports a basis, on which people interact with nature and how people interact in a society, because people’s interaction with nature might be different if there is socially-supported infrastructure or not, and it might have been different historically. This study, therefore, aims to understand human-nature interaction by focusing on how socially-supported infrastructure has historically constructed and how it affects current interaction.

Agricultural Development History in the Rural Red River Delta, Vietnam
In general, Vietnam has had a tightly structured society especially in the rural area. Since the WWII, Vietnam has experienced turbulent history, including rapid socialization, several times of war, intrusion of market economy, and rapid economic growth. During this period, the tightly structured society sometimes supported to protect villager’s life and sometimes stagnated the changes, in addition, it was also reorganized in the history. This study aims to clarify roles of the tightly structured society in the rural Vietnam under the current global world and to understand its implication in the long history of Vietnam.

Making nursery on muddy bed carried from the lowland field to successfully cultivate rice in Spring season with low sunlight condition in the Red River Delta, Vietnam.

Swing basket called tat nuoc seems to be a labor-intensive technology, but they are rhythmically swing the bamboo basket with chatting. Photo in the Red River Delta, Vietnam.

  • 1. Yanagisawa, M.; and Nawata, E. 1996. “Development of field crops in Thailand: A case study in Saraburi and Lopburi Provinces”. Southeast Asian Studies 33: 588-608
  • 2. Yanagisawa, M.; Kono, Y.; Nawata, E.; and Sakuratani, T. 1999. “Changes in village-level cropping patterns in the Red River Delta after doi moi: A case study of the Coc Thanh cooperative in Nam Dinh Province, Vietnam”. Japanese Journal of Tropical Agriculture 43(3): 170-180
  • 3. Yanagisawa, M. 1999. “An interdisciplinary study of a rice growing village: History and contemporary changes”. In Towards an ecoregional approach for natural resource management in the Red River basin of Vietnam, edited by Kinh, N. N.; Teng, P. S.; Hoanh, C. T.; and Castella. J. C. pp.147-159. Hanoi: The Agricultural Publishing House.
  • 4. Kono, Y.; Yanagisawa, M.; and Dang The Phong 1999. “Village-level irrigation systems in the command area of the Nam Ha 1 Irrigation Scheme”, In Towards an ecoregional approach for natural resource management in the Red River basin of Vietnam, edited by Kinh, N. N.; Teng, P. S.; Hoanh, C. T.; and Castella. J. C. pp.161-182. Hanoi: The Agricultural Publishing House.
  • 5. Yanagisawa, M. 2000. “Fund-raising activities of a cooperative in the Red River Delta: A case study of the Coc Thanh cooperative in Nam Dinh Province, Vietnam”. Southeast Asian Studies 38: 123-141
  • 6. Yanagisawa, M.; Nawata, E.; Kono, Y.; and Hung, B. T. 2001. “Status of vegetable cultivation as cash crops and factors limiting the expansion of the cultivation area in a village of the Red River Delta in Vietnam”. Japanese Journal of Tropical Agriculture 45(4): 229-241
  • 7. Yanagisawa, M.; and Kono, Y. 2001. “Changing roles of cooperatives in agricultural production in the Red River Delta; A case study of the Coc Thanh cooperative in Nam Dinh Province”, In Vietnamese society in transition; The daily politics of reform and change, edited by Kleinen, J. pp. 3-22. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis Publishers.
  • 8. Kono, Y.; Yanagisawa, M.; and Dang The Phong 2002. “Quản lý cộng đồng các hệ thống thủy lợi ở châu thổ sông Hồng, Việt Nam”, In Các nhà Việt Nam học nước ngoài viết về Việt Nam tập 2, edited by Phan Huy Lê. pp.323-334. Hanoi: Nhà xuất bản thế giới.
  • 9. Yanagisawa, M. 2003. “Agricultural intensification and diversification in the Northern mountains region of Vietnam”, In Cultural diversify and conservation in the making of mainland Southeast Asia an Southwestern China regional dynamics in the past and present, edited by Hayashi, Y.; and Thongsa, S. pp.379-393. Bangkok: Amarin Printing and Publishing Public Company Ltd.
  • 10. DiGregorio, M.; Rambo, A. T.; and Yanagisawa, M. 2003. “Clean, green, and beautiful: Environment and development under the renovation economy”, In Postwar Vietnam: Dynamics of a transforming society, edited by Hy Van Luong. pp.171-200. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, INC.
  • 11. Yamada, K.; Yanagisawa, M.; Kono, Y.; and Nawata, E. 2004. “Use of natural biological resources and their roles in household food security in Northwest Laos”, Southeast Asian Studies 41: 426-443
  • 12. Sakurai, K.; Kawazu H.; Kono Y.; Yanagisawa M.; Le Van Tiem; Le Quoc Doanh; Dangthaisong N.; and Trinh Ngoc Chau 2004. “Impact of agricultural practices on slope land soil properties of the mountainous region of Northern Vietnam: A case study in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province”, Southeast Asian Studies 41: 503-518
  • 13. Yanagisawa, M. 2004. “Development process of cash crops in the Northern mountains region of Vietnam: A case study in Moc chau District of Son la Province, Vietnam”, In Ecological destruction, health, and development: Advancing Asian paradigm, edited by Furukawa, H.; Nishibuchi, M.; Kono, Y.; and Kaida, Y. pp.467-479. Kyoto: Kyoto University Press.
  • 14. Dao Minh Truong; Kono, Y.; and Yanagisawa, M. 2005. “Dynamics of land cover-land use in villages of the Vietnam Northern mountain region: Impacts of human activities”, International journal of Geoinformatics. 1(1): 165-170
  • 15. Nghiem Phuong Tuyen, and M. Yanagisawa. 2008. “Qua trinh phat trine mang luoi thi truong tai mot huyen vung nui phia bac viet nam,” In Thoi ky mo cua nhung chuyen doi kinh te – xa hoi o vung cao viet nam (Socio-economic changes in the time of open in Vietnam highland), edited by Sikor, T., Sowewine, J., Romm, J., and Nghiem Phuong Tuyen. pp. 117-133. Hanoi : Nha xuat ban khoa hoc va ky thuat.
  • 16. Dao Minh Truong; Kono, Y.; and Yanagisawa, M.; Leisz, S.J.; and Kobayashi S. 2009. “Linkage of forest policies and programs with land cover and land use changes in the Northern Mountain region of Vietnam: A village-level case study”, Southeast Asian Studies 47: 244-262
  • 17. Stephen J.Leisz; Kono, Y.; Fox, J.; Yanagisawa, M.; and Rambo, T. 2009. “Land use changes in the uplands of Southeast Asia: Proximate and distant causes”, Southeast Asian Studies 47: 237-243
  • 18. 桜井由躬雄・Nguyen Thi Phuong Anh・柳澤雅之(編). 2014. CIAS Discussion Paper No.43.『Lịch Sử Hình Thành Cư Dân Đô Thị Hà Nội(ハノイ都市形成史)』、京都大学地域研究統合情報センター
  • 19. Dao Minh Truong, Masayuki Yanagisawa, Yasuyuki Kono. 2017. “Forest transition in Vietnam: A case study of Northern mountain region,” Forest Policy and Economics. 76 (2017) 72-80. 
  • 20. 桜井由躬雄・Nguyen Thi Phuong Anh・柳澤雅之(編). 2017. CIRAS Discussion Paper No.71.『Lịch Sử Hình Thành Cư Dân Đô Thị Hà Nội: Pường Đội Cấn, Quận Ba Đình(ハノイ都市形成史‐Ba Đình区Đội Cấn坊)』、京都大学東南アジア地域研究研究所

  • 1. Field Database Project
    After the World War II, overseas field studies became popular and area knowledge was accumulated in various format of fieldnotes written by researchers. This project aims to share records written in fieldnotes in order to reconstruct the history of human-nature relation in Southeast Asia. Under the project, Takaya Yoshikazu Fieldnotes Database was visualized on web-based mapping system as a proto type of the Field Database (in Japanese).


  • 2. Long-term Village Study Database in Vietnam
    The Bach Coc Project, which was initiated by the late professor SAKURAI Yumio, the University of Tokyo, in 1994, is an interdisciplinary study in one village of the Red River Delta, Vietnam. This project has conducted a socio-economic survey at one hamlet in the village every five years since 1995. We try to construct a Long-term Village Study Database in Vietnam to understand changes in village life not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast Asia and the other area of the World with comparative perspective.

  • Association of Village Studies in Asia
    This is a voluntary association, which was manly consisted of young researchers and graduate students, to conduct a field survey to learn methodology of field study and to have academic experiences in the different field and study site from which the participants currently conduct by themselves. Annual challenge depends on what participants’ needs and interests in each year, for example, it was “Holistic Approach to Maritime Society in Sulawesi, Indonesia” in 2017. See the following URL for more information (in Japanese).




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