Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
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Ikawa-Smith, Fumiko

  • Makoto TomiiEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_2458

Basic Biographical Information

Fumiko Ikawa-Smith is an anthropologist and prehistorian (Fig. 1). She is an Emeritus Professor at McGill University, Canada. She was born in 1930 and is the eldest daughter of the Buddhist historian Ikawa Joukei. Under the oversight of her mother, who was a high school teacher, Fumiko began studying English at an early age. She graduated from Tsuda College in 1953. Her graduate thesis was on critical essays by the British poet T. S. Elliot. Taking advantage of her proficiency in English, she was able to get a clerical position under ethnologist Oka Masao in the Department of Sociology at Tokyo Metropolitan University. She gained a strong interest in anthropology while assisting Oka with his lectures and research. In 1954 she resigned her position and began studying anthropology as a graduate student at the same university, with the focus on the ancient civilizations of Central America. At the same time, she met anthropologist Clyde Kluckhohn who was in...
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Special thanks to Mr. Robert Condon for basic translation.


  1. Ikawa, F. 1976. Kyusekki bunka kenkyu no hoho-ron [Methodology of Palaeolithic studies.], in M. Aso, S. Kato & T. Fujimoto (ed.) Nihon no Kyusekki Bunka [Japanese Palaeolithic cultures], Volume 5: 19-70. Tokyo: Yuzankaku (in Japanese).Google Scholar
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Further Reading

  1. Ikawa-Smith, F. (ed.) 1978. Early Palaeolithic in South and East Asia. World anthropology: papers from a Pre-Congress Conference of the 9th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in Chicago). The Hague: Mouton.Google Scholar
  2. - 2008. Serizawa Chosuke sensei to Kanada ni okeru Nihon Kokogaku Kenkyu [Professor Serizawa and archaeological studies on Japan in Canada.], in Publication Committee for Memorial Essays for Professor Serizawa (ed.) Koko Minzoku Rekisi Gaku Ronso [A collection of papers on archaeology, ethnology, and history]: 723-9 Tokyo: Rokuichi Shobo (in Japanese).Google Scholar
  3. -2009. Living on the edge of the continent: the Japanese Archipelago 30,000-8,000 cal. B.C., in J. Cassidy, R. Ackerman & I. Ponkratova (ed.) Maritime adaptation and seaside settlement in northeastern Asia during the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary. Journal of North Pacific Prehistory 3: 49-69.Google Scholar
  4. - 2011. Practice of archaeology in contemporary Japan, in L.R. Lozny (ed.) Comparative archaeologies: a sociological view of the science of the past: 675-705. New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  5. Kameda, K. 2001. Ikawa Fumiko [Fumiko Ikawa-Smith.], in S. Kawamoto, K. Kameda & Y. Takakuwa (ed.) Tsuda Umeko no Musume-tachi. [Daughters of Umeko Tsuda.]: 179-86. Tokyo: Domes Shuppan (in Japanese).Google Scholar
  6. Publication Committee for Doctor Joukei Ikawa’s Seventy-seventh Birthday Memorial Essays. 1974. Nihon Bunka to Jodo-kyo Ronko. [A collection of papers on Japanese culture and pure land buddhism]. Kyoto: Naigai Insatsu (in Japanese).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Cultural Heritage of Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan