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Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion
     

Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion

by Shawn Bender
 

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With its thunderous sounds and dazzling choreography, Japanese taiko drumming has captivated audiences in Japan and across the world, making it one of the most successful performing arts to emerge from Japan in the past century. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among taiko groups in Japan, Taiko Boom explores the origins of taiko in the early

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With its thunderous sounds and dazzling choreography, Japanese taiko drumming has captivated audiences in Japan and across the world, making it one of the most successful performing arts to emerge from Japan in the past century. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among taiko groups in Japan, Taiko Boom explores the origins of taiko in the early postwar period and its popularization over the following decades of rapid economic growth in Japan’s cities and countryside. Building on the insights of globalization studies, the book argues that taiko developed within and has come to express new forms of communal association in a Japan increasingly engaged with global cultural flows. While its popularity has created new opportunities for Japanese to participate in community life, this study also reveals how the discourses and practices of taiko drummers dramatize tensions inherent in Japanese conceptions of race, the body, gender, authenticity, and locality.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Destined to be a classic text. . . . Those who really want to know Japanese drumming will find this book essential."—
International Examiner

"Thorough. . . . Recommended."—Choice

"Well researched, immensely detailed, this may well be the last word, or sound, on the subject for a long time."—Japan Times

International Examiner - Stan Shikuma

“Destined to be a classic text. . . . Those who really want to know Japanese drumming will find this book essential.”
Choice - D.J. Schmalenberger

“Thorough. . . . Recommended.”
Japan Times

“Well researched, immensely detailed, this may well be the last word, or sound, on the subject for a long time.”
The Japan Society of the UK

"Engaging, entertaining and accessible . . . fascinating . . . a very welcome addition to the literature."
Japan Forum

"Taiko Boom addresses a major gap in the literature. . . . A real strength is the author’s informative yet accessible style. Bender’s narrative is strewed with fascinating gems."
The Journal of Asian Studies

"A welcome contribution to studies of globalization, music, and Japan studies more generally. . . . Engrossing ethnography . . .  Extensive fieldwork."
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"The first book in English to deal solely with the post-Second World War development of ensemble taiko drumming in Japan. . . . A milestone publication providing a research foundation for others to draw from while also offering a methodology for future studies."
Ethnomusicology Forum - Jay Keister

"Bender’s straightforward prose, his focus on issues of gender, race, locality and nationalism, and his avoidance of musical minutiae make the book inviting to a general readership and an excellent text for undergraduate classes on Japanese culture... [Taiko Boom] is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of this genre and what it means for Japan.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520272422
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
1,263,151
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Shawn Bender is a Cultural Anthropologist and Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at Dickinson College.

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