Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song

Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song

by Christine R. Yano

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ISBN-13: 9780674012769
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs Series , #206
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Christine Yano is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Music Examples
Chapter 1: The Cultural Logic of Enkas Imaginary

  • Collective Remembering, Collective Forgetting

  • Localizing the National Nationalizing the Local

  • Patterning Forms Through Kata

Chapter 2: Inventing Enka: Definitions, Genres, Pasts

  • Defining “Enka”

  • Metji Era (1868–1912)

  • Taishō Era (1912–1926)

  • Showa Era (1926–l1989)

  • Heisei Era (1989–present)

Chapter 3: Producing Enka: Lessons in Perseverance

  • The Enka Industry: Metaphors for the Nation

  • The Making of a Singer: Imaging the Imaginary

  • The Making of a Hit Song

Chapter 4: Enka on Stage: Patterning the Practices of Intimacy

  • Live Performances Creating a Display of Patterned Intimacy

  • Mediated Performances: Broadcasting Intimacy

  • Chapter
    Clichés of Excess: Words, Music, Bodies, and Beyond

  • Textual Kata: A Modern Musical Recasting of Waka

  • Musical Kata: Aural Processes of the Past

  • Bodily Kata: Gendered Display

  • Beyond Kata: Cliché and Its Limits

Chapter 6: Consuming Enkas Imaginary: Listening, Singing, Doing

  • Enkas Appeal

  • Kōenkai and FanClubs

  • Karaoke

Chapter 7: Enka as Engendered Longing: Romance, Furusato, “Japan”

  • Romancing the Nation

  • Longing for Furusato

  • “Japan”

Appendix A: Major Record Companies That Produce and Market Enka
Appendix B: Regular Mass Media Enka Programs in the Tokyo Area, 1992
Appendix C: Listing of Songs in the Corpus

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Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
danielbeattie on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Book about the production of enka music. Deals with the themes of enka music and how it is produced. It is an interesting book for anyone interested in enka, Japanese music industry or Japanese nationalism.