Shirabe OGATA


Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies


Cultural Anthropology, Area Studies (Africa)


Southwestern Nigeria and Kyoto, Japan


With the comparison and contrast of the experiences of artists in Nigeria and Japan, I am examining how arts have been practiced in southwestern Nigeria since the outbreak of the pandemic.


  • Ogata, Shirabe 2021, ‘This is not the first time for us and it’s going to happen again and again: a short ethnography of people living in cities in Southwestern Nigeria with the pandemic’. In Hamada, A., Nishi, M., Kondo, S., Yoshida, M., (eds.), COVID19 and Anthropology, Tokyo: Suiseisha, pp. 201-223 (In Japanese).
  • Ogata, Shirabe 2022, ‘Twenty-First Century “Primitive Arts”: Study of Exhibitions, Selling, and Everyday Places in Japan’, arts/, Vol. 38, pp. 48-59 (In Japanese).
  • Ogata, Shirabe 2021, ‘Considering “Valuating arts” through everyday practices of arts in Africa’. In Ynagisawa, F., and Ogata, S., Promoting Arts from Africa: Prospects for Intersection between Business and Research, Tokyo: Suiseisha, pp. 159-187 (In Japanese).
  • Ogata, Shirabe 2017, Anthropology of African Arts: Arts, Practices, and Lives of Artists in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. 2003 to 2012, Tokyo: Shimizukobundo (In Japanese).

Photographs and captions related to my research