Atsuko Hashimoto

Associate Professor, Geography and Tourism Studies

PhD Tourism Management (University of Surrey, UK)
MSc Tourism Development (University of Surrey, UK)
BA Psychology (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Office: MC C422
Phone: 905-688-5550 x4367
Email: ahashimoto@brocku.ca

On Sabbatical Leave July 2022- June 2023

My main research interests have centred on socio-cultural, cross-cultural and human aspects of tourism development and sustainable tourism development in rural areas.

  • Human Rights Issues in Tourism
  • Socio-cultural and human aspects of tourism development (especially women and children)
  • Community development through tourism
  • Dark tourism
  • Heritage tourism
  • Culinary tourism (use of food resources in tourism)
  • Food and Drink tourism
  • Indigenous tourism in Japan
  • Green tourism in rural Japan

Projects:

  • 2021- Ainu Indigenous Tourism in Japan
  • 2020- Hidden Christian heritage and tourism
  • 2018- “Recreated” Heritage villages for tourism use
  • 2016- Human Rights Issues in tourism

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • Hashimoto, A., Telfer, D.J., & Telfer, S. (2020) Life beyond growth? Rural depopulation becoming the attraction in Nagoro, Japan’s scarecrow village. Journal of Heritage Tourism. https://doi.org/10.1080/1743873X.2020.1807556 (Published online 25 Aug 2020)
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer. D. J. (2019) Contested Geopolitical Messages for Tourists at the Okinawa Peace Park and Memorials. Japan Forum. 31(3), 378-407. Note: republished in a Special Issue on Borders and Memory guest-edited by Ted Boyle (see below)
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer. D. J. (2018) Contested Geopolitical Messages for Tourists at the Okinawa Peace Park and Memorials. Japan Forum. DOI:10.1080/09555803.2018.1451354 (Published online: 03 Apr 2018)
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. (2017) Transformation of Gunkanjima (Battleship Island): from a coalmine island to a modern industrial heritage tourism site in Japan. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 12(2), pp. 107-124. https://doi.org/10.1080/1743873X.2016.1151884
  • Telfer, D. J. and Hashimoto, A. (2013) Regional Canada. Contemporary Tourism Reviews – Regional Reviews, C. Cooper (Series Editor), Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers.
  • Plummer, R. and Hashimoto, A. (2011). Adaptive Co-management and the Need for Situated Thinking in Collaborative Conservation. Human Dimensions of Wildlife (Special Issue: Developing Adaptability: The Promise and Pitfalls of Collaborative Conservation). 16 (4), 222-235.
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. (2010) Developing Sustainable Partnerships in Rural Tourism in Traditional Japan. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events. 2(2) July 2010, 165-183
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. J. (2007) Geographic Representations Embedded within Souvenirs in Niagara: The Case of Geographically Displaced Authenticity. Tourism Geographies. 9(2) May 2007, 191 – 217
  • Plummer, R., Telfer, D. and Hashimoto, A. (2006). The Rise and Fall of the Waterloo-Wellington Ale Trail: A Study of Collaboration within the Tourism Industry. Current Issues in Tourism. 9(3), 191-205
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. J., (2006) Selling Canadian Culinary Tourism: Branding the Global and the Regional Product. Tourism Geographies. 8(1), 31-55
  • Plummer, R., Telfer, D., Hashimoto, A. and Summers, R. (2005) Beer Tourism in Canada along the Waterloo-Wellington Ale Trail. Tourism Management. 26 (2005), 447-458

Books and Book Chapters Contributions:

  • Hashimoto, A., Härkönen, E. and Nkyi, E. (2021) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
  • Hashimoto, A., Härkönen, E. and Nkyi, E. (2021) Preface. In A. Hashimoto, E. Härkönen and E. Nkyi, (eds.) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. xv – xx.
  • Hashimoto, A., Härkönen, E. and Nkyi, E. (2021) Chapter 1. Introduction to Human Rights and Civil Rights in Tourism and Hospitality. In A. Hashimoto, E. Härkönen and E. Nkyi, (eds.) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.3 – 39.
  • Hashimoto, A. (2021) Chapter 3. Human Rights, Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. In A. Hashimoto, E. Härkönen and E. Nkyi, (eds.) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.60 – 82.
  • Nkyi, E. and Hashimoto, A. (2021) Chapter 4. Politics, Human Rights and Tourism. In A. Hashimoto, E. Härkönen and E. Nkyi, (eds.) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.83-106.
  • Nkyi, E. and Hashimoto, A. (2021) Chapter 5. Human Security, Human Rights and Tourism. In A. Hashimoto, E. Härkönen and E. Nkyi, (eds.) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.109-136.
  • Hashimoto, A. (2021) Chapter 7. Displacement in Tourism. In A. Hashimoto, E. Härkönen and E. Nkyi, (eds.) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.159 -184.
  • Hashimoto, A. (2021) Chapter 9. Rights to Freedom of Movement and Tourism. In A. Hashimoto, E. Härkönen and E. Nkyi, (eds.) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.208-235.
  • Hashimoto, A. (2021) Chapter 11. Human Rights, the Environment and Tourism. In A. Hashimoto, E. Härkönen and E. Nkyi, (eds.) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.265-295.
  • Hashimoto, A. (2021) Chapter 12. Indigenous People’s Rights and Tourism. In A. Hashimoto, E. Härkönen and E. Nkyi, (eds.) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.296-325.
  • Hashimoto, A., Härkönen, E. and Nkyi, E. (2021) Chapter 14. Conclusion: Human Rights in Tourism. In A. Hashimoto, E. Härkönen and E. Nkyi, (eds.) Human Rights Issues in Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.351-363.
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, David J., (2020) The Tourism Industry Response in Assisting Resident Evacuees after the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes. In M. Hall and G. Prayag (eds.) Tourism and Earthquakes. Channel View Publications: Bristol. pp.115-137.
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. J., (2019) Ekiben, the Travelling Japanese Lunchbox: Promoting Regional Development and Local Identity through Food Tourism. In E.Park, S. Kim and I. Yeoman (eds.) Food Tourism in Asia. Springer Publishers, pp. 103-122.
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. (2016) Culinary trails. In Timothy, D.(ed.) Heritage Cuisines: Traditions, Identities and Tourism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. pp 132-147.
  • Telfer, D.J. and Hashimoto, A. (2015) “Chapter 14: Tourism Development and International Studies” in D. Telfer and R. Sharpley, (Eds.) Tourism and Development: Concepts and Issues (2nd Edition). Clevedon, UK: Channel View Publications. pp 400-427.
  • Hashimoto, A. (2015) “Chapter 7: Tourism and Socio-cultural Development Issues” in D. Telfer and R. Sharpley, (Eds.) Tourism and Development: Concepts and Issues (2nd Edition). Clevedon, UK: Channel View Publications. pp. 205-236.
  • Nkyi, E. and Hashimoto, A. (2015) “Chapter 13: Tourism, Development and Human Rights” in D. Telfer and R. Sharpley, (Eds.) Tourism and Development: Concepts and Issues (2nd Edition). Clevedon, UK: Channel View Publications. pp.378-399.
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. J. (2013) “Green Tourism Souvenirs in Rural Japan: Challenges and Opportunities”. In J. Cave, L. Jolliffe and T. Baum (eds) Tourism Souvenirs on the Margins: Global Perspectives. Clevedon, UK: ChannelView Publications. pp. 119-131
  • Telfer, D. J. and Hashimoto, A. (2013) “Chapter 16: Wine and Culinary Tourism in Niagara”. In M. Ripmeester, P.G. Mackintosh, and C. Fullerton (eds.) The World of Niagara Wine. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press). pp. 281-300.

Conference Presentations:

  • Hashimoto, A., Telfer, D.J. and Telfer, K. (2021) “Eurocentric Theme Parks in Japan: Yufuin and Huis ten Bosch” for submission to Journal of Japanese Studies (to be presented in October 2021)
  • Telfer, D.J. and Hashimoto, A. (2020) Japan Studies Association of Canada 2020 Annual Conference, [online] (17-18 October 2029) “Heritage Tourism and Pilgrimage at UNESCO’s Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki: The Balance between Commodification and Heterotopia”
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer D.J. (2019) Japan Studies Association of Canada 2019 Annual Conference, Mount Alison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. (3-6 October 2019) “Sustainable Satoyama Tourism in the Revitalization of Rural Japan”
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. J.  (2018) International Conference on Tourism Research (ICTR) 2018, Jyväskylä, Finland (22-23 March 2018) “Evolution of a Dutch Cultural Theme Park to Technology Entertainment in Japan”
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. J.  (2017) Japan Studies Association of Canada 2017 Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, (12-15 October 2017) “A Comparison of Historic Tourism at the Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama”
  • Telfer, D. J. and Hashimoto, A. (2017) An Analysis of Marketing Special Interest Tourism through the “Canadian Signature Experiences Program. 1st Global Congress of Special Interest Tourism and Hospitality APU, Beppu, Japan 24-26 June 2017.
  • Telfer, D. and Hashimoto, A (2016) IRSA Congress 2016 Sustainable and Just Rural Transitions: Connections and Complexities. Session 28: Rurality in the eye of the (urban) beholder? (Re)constructing rurality through urban imaginaries. Toronto, Canada (10-14 August 2016), “Selling the rural environment to urban inhabitants: Green Tourism in Kunisaki Peninsula, Japan.”
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. (2016) EIRASS 23rd International Conference on Recent Advances in Retailing and Consumer Services Science, Edinburgh, UK, (11-14 July 2016). “The Changing Role of the Convenience Stores in Rural Japan in the Context of Demographic Shifts.”
  • Telfer, D. and Hashimoto (2015) The 5th Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing & Management (AHTMM) Conference, APU, Beppu, Japan (18-21 June 2015) “Urban Tourism Development in Niagara Falls, Canada.”
  • Hashimoto, A and Telfer, D. (2015) EIRASS 22nd International Conference on Recent Advances in Retailing and Consumer Services Science, Montreal, Canada, (27-30 July 2015). “Retailing Hot Springs and Spas as Health and Wellness Tourism in Rural Japan.”
  • Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. J. (2014) Japan Studies
 Association of Canada 2014 Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, (17-19 October 2014) “A Battlefield Memorial as a Dark Tourism Attraction: The case of Okinawa.”
  • Hashimoto A. and Telfer, D. (2014) Canadian Geographers’ Association 2014/Congress of the Humanities and Social Science 2014, St Catharines, Canada (May 24-30, 2014). “Gunkanjima (Battleship) Island from Industrialisation to Decay: A Modern Industrial Heritage Tourism Site in Japan.”
  • Hashimoto A. and Telfer, D. (2014) XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, (July 13-19, 2014). “Multi-Sensorial Experiences at Aso Farmland, Kumamoto, Japan.”

Undergraduate

  • TOUR 1P92 Tourism Service Sector
  • TOUR 2P31 Tourist Behaviour
  • TOUR/GEOG 2P36 Human Rights, Geography and Development
  • TOUR 3P31 International Tourism
  • TOUR 3P92 Tourism, Sex and Health
  • TOUR 3P97 Culinary Tourism
  • TOUR/GEOG 4P32 Sustainable Rural Tourism

Graduate

  • GEOG 5P65 Political Ecology and the Global South

Graduate (PhD)

Hiran ROY (2016) “The role of local food in restaurants: A comparison between restaurants and chefs in Vancouver, Canada and Christchurch, New Zealand.” PhD in Management, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (External Examiner)

Wang YANG (2006) “Rural Community Participation in Tourism Development: Cases of Hainan Province, China” PhD in FES (School of Planning), University of Waterloo, Canada (External Examiner)

Graduate (MA)

Joshua BOADI (2020- to date) “A Content Analysis of the Influence of COVID-19 on Tourism and Governments Reactions: A Case Study of Ghana’s Tourism” (Supervisor)

Daniel ANANE (2020- to date) “An Analysis of Community Participation in Rural Tourism in Ghana” (Committee Member)

Yixing JIANG (2005-06) “The Effectiveness of Interpretive Methods in Informal Educational Facilities: An Experimental Study with Reference to marine parks”

Undergraduate (BA)

Quinn MACDONALD (2020-21). “A content analysis of the branding and promotional materials of the craft breweries in the Niagara Region.” (thesis) (Committee Member)

Rose BAGNI (2014-15). “Authenticity in Cultural Tourism Advertising and Its Representations in Souvenirs Sold in Destinations: A Case Study of Vigan City, Northern Philippines’ Calle Crisologo.” (thesis) (Supervisor)

Jemil MUXLOW (2012-13). “Evaluation of the cycling routes in the city of Hamilton.” (thesis).(Supervisor)

Coralie ULLYETT (2011-12). “Where does your food come from? A study of local food awareness among Brock University students.” (thesis). (Co-Supervisor)

Shuo YANG (2009-2010). “Selling China as a Cultural and natural Destination to Tourists: A Comparative study to China’s tourism images communicated through Chinese and English tourism websites.” (thesis). (Supervisor)

Tetsuro UOZUMI (2007-08). “Risk-taking Behaviour of University Student on Spring Break: Understanding of Motivation and Decision-making Factors.” (thesis) (Co-supervisor)

Asami NAGAHIRO (2007-08). “Japanese Tourists in Volunteer Tourism: An Exploratory Study on Outbound Volunteer Tourism Providers in Japan.” (thesis) (Co-supervisor)

Note: I am not taking any students between 2021-2023.

I am seeking serious students who are interested in completing an Master of Arts (MA) degree in social or cultural aspects of tourism development.

My research methods have involved mainly a combination of primary data collection (fieldwork) and qualitative analyses of data. Depending on the research topic, the data have been collected in one of or a combination of the following methods:

  • Questionnaire survey
  • Interviews (key informant, focus group, individuals)
  • Unobtrusive observation
  • Participatory observation
  • Desk research (secondary data)

Qualitative data analyses

  • Content analyses (many variations such as grid analyses (visual data), policy analyses, phrase/term/pattern analyses)
  • Meta analyses
  • Descriptive statistics

Quantitative data analyses

  • ANOVA/MANOVA
  • Regression analyses
  • Small-scale Scattergram Analysis
  • Multi-Dimensional Scaling