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

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Harvard Univ Asia Center, 2003 - 255 sivua

Enka, a sentimental ballad genre, epitomizes for many the nihonjin no kokoro (heart/soul of Japanese). To older members of the Japanese public, who constitute enka's primary audience, this music--of parted lovers, long unseen rural hometowns, and self-sacrificing mothers--evokes a direct connection to the traditional roots of "Japaneseness." Overlooked in this emotional invocation of the past, however, are the powerful commercial forces that, since the 1970s, have shaped the consumption of enka and its version of national identity. Informed by theories of nostalgia, collective memory, cultural nationalism, and gender, this book draws on the author's extensive fieldwork in probing the practice of identity-making and the processes at work when Japan becomes "Japan."

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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. Lue koko arvostelu

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The Cultural Logic of Enkas Imaginary
13
Definitions Genres Pasts
28
Lessons in Perseverance
45
Patterning the Practices of Intimacy
77
Words Music Bodies
90
Listening
124
Romance
148
Epilogue
181
Major Record Companies That Produce
187
Listing of Songs in the Corpus
193
Notes
205
References
227
Index
247
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Christine Yano is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

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

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