Eiki Kikuchi

Research Fellow / Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in Media and Governance

■Research Area
Cultural Sociology, Theories of the Information Society, Contents Tourism, Meta Tourism, Subcultures, Community Development through Culture

My research is focused on “culture.” With the progress in informatization of society, the states of politics and economy have changed. In my opinion, the culture surrounding people has also really changed. This is the starting point of my research.
I have tackled issues on the cultural phenomena of the information society, especially both in the urban and internet space. For example, how do Japanese subcultures such as anime and manga develop in both urban and internet spaces, and how do the contents uploaded to social media like YouTube and Instagram affect behaviors such as consumption and tourism of the people living in the actual space.

Brief History

Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1987. Ph.D. in Media and Governance. Kikuchi was a researcher at Institute for Liberal Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology before assuming his current position in 2019. He specializes in cultural sociology and theories of the information society. He is also a founder and managing director of Lab.808 Inc., a director at the The Academy of Contents Tourism, and a director of Foundation for Meta Tourism. He is currently conducting research about cultural phenomena in the information society across the urban and internet spaces.

Major Works

  • Kikuchi, Eiki, 2019, “A New Place that Crosses Social Media and Real Space,” Hiroshi Matsui and Takeshi Okamoto eds., Social Media Studies, Tokyo: Hokujyu shuppan, 45-52.
  • Kikuchi, Eiki, 2019, “Cosplay Tourism : Focus on Universality of landscapes,” Takeshi Okamoto eds., Contents Tourism Studies revised and updated: Anime, manga, games, and tourism, culture, society, Tokyo: Fukumura shuppan, 186-187.
  • Kikuchi, Eiki and Shizuka, Masanori, 2017, “Machi-Cos” as a Contents Tourism Phenomenon : From a Case Study of “We Love Cosplay in Miyashiro 2016,” Contents tourism review 4: 24-34.
  • Kikuchi, Eiki, 2015, “Otakunisation in Odaiba : Focus on Accumulation of Cultural Devices,” Bulletin of Society for Changing Customs in Contemporary Japan (16): 96-107.

Major Lectures

  • Kikuchi, Eiki, “Tokyo the Subcultures City: Towards the New Cultural Policy,” 6th Summer School of The Working Group for Next Generations, CIRIEC-Japan, 2018.09.01. (in Japanese)
  • Kikuchi, Eiki, “Akihabara as a Live Entertainment City,” Tokyo Cultural Heritage Alliance 7th Public Symposium “Greater Akiba: Crossroads of Information and Knowledge,” 2018.09.06. (in Japanese, invited keynote speaker)
  • Kikuchi, Eiki, “Can Akihabara Develop e-Sports?,” Mini Round Table Conference “The Potential of e-Sports in the Greater Akiba,” 2019.05.05. (in Japanese)
  • Kikuchi, Eiki, “Kanda Matsuri Festival and Contents Tourism,”Reiwa 1st. Myoujin Juku Private Seminar Series Vol. 22, Kanda Myoujin Shrine, 2019.10.16. (in Japanese)

Major Achievements

  • June 2017 – present Director, The Academy of Contents Tourism
  • June 2018 – present Project Manager, Greater Akiba Lab, Tokyo Cultural Heritage Alliance
  • December 2019 – present Director, CIRIEC-Japan

Educational Background

September, 2013 – March, 2017: Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
September, 2011 – September, 2013: Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University


October, 2011 – March, 2016: RA, Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan, Harks Roppongi Bldg., Roppongi 6-15-21, Minato-ku Tokyo, 106-0032, Japan
October 2013 – March 2015: Research Assistant Professor, Keio University Global Security Research Institute(G-SEC), Keio University.
April 2015 – March 2017: Researcher, Keio University Global Security Research Institute(G-SEC), Keio University.
April 2017 – March 2019: Senior Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC, Keio University.
May 2017 – September 2019: Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan.
July 2017 – present: Visiting Researcher, Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI), Keio University.
September, 2017 – March, 2020: Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of School of Management, Sanno University
January, 2018 – September, 2019: Researcher, Institute for Liberal Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology
April 2018 – March 2019: Research Fellow, Institute of Economics, Chukyo University.
August, 2018 – Present: Managing Director, Lab.808 Inc.
December, 2019 – Present: Research Fellow / Assistant Professor, Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan, International University of Japan
March, 2020 – Present: Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Applied Psychology, Tokyo Seitoku University
Sepember, 2020 – Present: Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Sociology, Musashi University
November, 2020 – Present: Director, Foundation for Meta-Tourism.


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