Japan Pop!: Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture

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Timothy J. Craig
M.E. Sharpe, 6 Ιουν 2000
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This is a fascinating look at various forms of Japanese popular culture: pop song, jazz, enka (a popular form of ballad genre music), karaoke, comics, animated cartoons, video games, television dramas, films, and idols -- teenage singers and actors. As pop culture not only entertains but is also a reflection of society, the book is also about Japan itself -- its similarities and differences with the rest of the world, and how Japan is changing. Relations between the sexes, shifting gender roles, social and family life, Japan's cultural identity, and views on love, work, duty, dreams, war and peace, good and evil, beauty and ugliness, life and death -- all are cast in a revealing light by Japanese pop culture as presented in this book.

The authors are all specialists on their subjects, and in addition to analyzing Japan's pop culture they give the reader a direct taste through the presentation of story plots, character profiles, song lyrics, manga (comics) samples, photographs and other visuals, as well as the thoughts and words of Japan pop's artists, creators and fans. The book features 32 pages of manga plus 50 additional photos, illustrations, and shorter comic samples.

 

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Introduction
3
Can Japanese Sing the Blues? Japanese Jazz and the Problem of Authenticity
27
The Marketing of Tears Consuming Emotions in Japanese Popular Song
60
Open Your File Open Your Mind Women English and Changing Roles and Voices in Japanese Pop Music
75
A Karaoke Perspective on International Relations
101
Japanese Comics and Religion Osamu Tezukas Story of the Buddha
109
The Romantic Passionate Japanese in Anime A Look at the Hidden Japanese Soul
138
Hadashi no Gen Barefoot Gen
154
A New Kind of Royalty The Imperial Family and the Media in Postwar Japan
222
Into the Heartland with Torasan
245
Sailor Moon Japanese Superheroes for Global Girls
259
Beauty Fighter Sailor Chemist
279
Doraemon Goes Abroad
287
Pop Idols and the Asian Identity
309
About the Contributors
327
Credits for Photographs and Illustrations
331

Gender Roles and Girls Comics in Japan The Girls and Guys of Yukan Club
171
From Sazaesan to Crayon Shinchan Family Anime Social Change and Nostalgia in Japan
186
New Role Models for Men and Women? Gender in Japanese TV Dramas
207
Credits for Song Lyrics
335
Index
339
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