My current book project, tentatively titled The Casters of Kawachi: Artisans and the Production of Medieval Japan, examines the history of metal caster organizations in medieval Japan (1185-1603). Using textual, material, and archaeological evidence, I uncover the history of the famed Kawachi metal casters (modern-day Osaka), whose lived and legendary histories became a touchstone for various caster groups to claim technical and social preeminence and curate strategic ties to influential patrons over the centuries. The Casters of Kawachi will help us to reconsider how a society viewed as largely hierarchical and dominated by the court and military elite was dependent on the material labor and social buy-in of producers who occupied crucial and fluid socioeconomic roles in society.
Articles and Essays
“An Entrepreneurial Aristocrat: Matsugi Hisanao and the Forging of Imperial Service in Late Medieval Japan.” Monumenta Nipponica [accepted pending revisions], 2020.
“Prologue.” Asiadémica 10 (2017): 7-9.
Itō Keisuke. “Why Were There No Severe Famines in Fourteenth-Century Japan? Social Change, Resilience, and Climatic Cooling.” Monumenta Nipponica 73, No. 2 (2019): 187-212. [Link]
Takagi Kiyoko. “Emperor Kōken,” “Emperor Shōtoku,” “Emperor Meishō,” “Emperor Go-Sakuramachi.” In Hachinin no jotei (The Eight Female Emperors of Japan: A Brief Introduction to their Lives and Legacies). Tokyo: Fuzambō International, 2005. Publication in English by Fuzambō International.
“Bodies and Structures.” Reviews in Digital Humanities 1, no. 10 (Oct 2020).