Japan Pop! / Edition 1

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This book looks at various forms of Japanese popular culture: pop song, jazz, enka (a popular ballad genre of music), karaoke, comics, animated cartoons, video games, television dramas, films, and "idols"&#151teenage singers and actors. As pop culture not only entertains but is also a product and reflection of society, the book is also about Japan&#151about Japan's similarities and differences with the rest of the world, and about how Japan is changing. Relations between the sexes, shifting gender roles; social and family life conditions; Japan's cultural identity; and views on love, work, duty, dreams, war and peace, good and evil, beauty and ugliness, life and death&#151all of these are cast in a revealing light by Japanese pop culture as captured in this book.

The authors are all specialists in their subjects, and each chapter is academically sound, intriguing, and accessibly written. In addition to describing and analyzing the authors also give the reader a direct taste of Japan's pop culture via the presentation of story plots, character profiles, song lyrics, manga (comics) samples, photographs, and other visuals, and the thoughts and words of Japan pop's artists, creators, and fans. This book is visually enhanced by 32 pages of magna plus 50 additional photos, illustrations, and shorter comic samples.

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Japan Pop! considers various forms of Japanese popular culture, from pop music and animated cartoons to films and television. The result is an analysis of Japanese society, cultural identity, and daily life which provide absorbing surveys into Japanese psychology. A 'must' for any college-level student of Japanese studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765605610
  • Publisher: M E Sharpe Inc
  • Publication date: 6/6/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 975,410
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Language
1 Introduction 3
Pt. I Popular Music
2 Can Japanese Sing the Blues? "Japanese Jazz" and the Problem of Authenticity 27
3 The Marketing of Tears: Consuming Emotions in Japanese Popular Song 60
4 Open Your File, Open Your Mind: Women, English, and Changing Roles and Voices in Japanese Pop Music 75
5 A Karaoke Perspective on International Relations 101
Pt. II Comics and Animation
6 Japanese Comic Books and Religion: Osamu Tezuka's Story of the Buddha 109
7 The Romantic, Passionate Japanese in Anime: A Look at the Hidden Japanese Soul 138
8 Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen): Volume 8, pages 17-31 154
9 Gender Roles and Girls' Comics in Japan: The Girls and Guys of Yukan Club 171
10 From Sazae-san to Crayon Shin-chan: Family Anime, Social Change, and Nostalgia in Japan 186
Pt. III Television and Film
11 New Role Models for Men and Women? Gender in Japanese TV Dramas 207
12 A New Kind of Royalty: The Imperial Family and the Media in Postwar Japan 222
13 Into the Heartland with Tora-san 245
Pt. IV Japanese Popular Culture Abroad
14 Sailor Moon: Japanese Superheroes for Global Girls 259
15 Beauty Fighter "Sailor Chemist" 279
16 Doraemon Goes Abroad 287
17 Pop Idols and the Asian Identity 309
About the Contributors 327
Credits for Photographs and Illustrations 331
Credits for Song Lyrics 335
Index 339
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