YAMAMOTO Junji Associate Professor
Research Subject

In order to expand the range of visitors to the museum, I am thinking of ways to attract people who are not interested in the museum. I am also involved in computational, analytical, and instrumental development, to unravel the evolutionary processes of the solar system, where is the nodal point between the universe and us.

Research Fields
Museum management, Development of educational tool, Evolution of the solar system
Graduate School - Division / Department / Laboratory
Division of Humanities / Department of Cultural Diversity Studies / Laboratory of Museum Studies

Office/Lab: Room N314A, Hokkaido University Museum
TEL: +81-11-706-4733
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Email: iyama(at)museum.hokudai.ac.jp
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Laboratory of Museum StudiesYAMAMOTO Junji Associate Professor

Creating a civil participatory museum model
that you’ll want to visit even on rainy days

Do you feel inclined to visit museums on days when you hear the sound of rain? Regrettably, the answer is “No.” Japanese museums are still too dignified to visit. When I tried to raise funds for permanent exhibits via crowdfunding, I was pleased to receive more financial support than expected. What made me similarly delighted was that it made me feel closer to my supporters. This enabled me to successfully set a fruitful precedent.

Museums play a central role as an interface between academia—where researchers’ expertise is accumulated—and society. I envision the creation of a civil participatory universal museum aimed at helping visitors acquire the literacy to resourcefully survive an ever-changing society. I am striving to take various approaches to attaining my goal on this challenging island of Hokkaido.

Classification of museum-related functions: Secondary functions as spaces for visitors to relax on the premises such as cafés, event facilities and shops also play an auxiliary role in supporting primary functions.
This was the first attempt of its kind by Hokkaido University in which the costs for improving the permanent exhibition room to showcase samples of minerals and rocks were secured through crowdfunding. Photo: The professor himself building a display case.

Why? How? Really?
The Hokkaido University Museum helps facilitate the raising of various questions.

One should always try to think things out in their head first. I am considering proposing exhibitions and projects conducive to fostering a sense of unusualness similar to curiosity. The Hokkaido University Museum is free and open to the public, which is rare in Japan. This is also unusual in a way. I truly expect would-be curators to consider why museums exist and to learn about strategies necessary to realize your potential visions.


I am struggling on the front lines of museum management as a Hokkaido University Museum staff member. Channeling those experiences and emotions, I am also striving to create a genuinely universal museum everyone wants to visit. Since my childhood, I have engaged in exploring the origin of the world and life itself as my lifework.