Fabio Gygi is lecturer in anthropology with reference to Japan at SOAS, University of London. He specialises in material culture and medical anthropology. He is particularly interested in how getting rid of things is understood and facilitated in different cultural contexts and has undertaken fieldwork on hoarding and rites of disposal for dolls. His PhD was awarded by UCL in 2010 and he has been a visiting research fellow at the University of Tokyo, assistant professor in sociology at Doshisha University, and a visiting researcher at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. In his spare time he practices Aikido and drinks tea.