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Tears of Longing Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song

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ISBN-10: 0674012763

ISBN-13: 9780674012769

Edition: N/A

Authors: Christine R. Yano

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: Harvard University, Asia Center
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.02" wide x 8.98" long x 1.18" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Music Examples
The Cultural Logic of Enkas Imaginary
Collective Remembering, Collective Forgetting
Localizing the National Nationalizing the Local
Patterning Forms Through Kata
Inventing Enka: Definitions, Genres, Pasts
Defining "Enka"
Metji Era (1868-1912)
Taisho Era (1912-1926)
Showa Era (1926-l1989)
Heisei Era (1989-present)
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
Enka on Stage: Patterning the Practices of Intimacy
Live Performances Creating a Display of Patterned Intimacy
Mediated Performances: Broadcasting Intimacy
Chapter Clich�s 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: Clich� and Its Limits
Consuming Enkas Imaginary: Listening, Singing, Doing
Enkas Appeal
Koenkai and Fan Clubs
Enka as Engendered Longing: Romance, Furusato, "Japan"
Romancing the Nation
Longing for Furusato
Major Record Companies That Produce and Market Enka
Regular Mass Media Enka Programs in the Tokyo Area, 1992
Listing of Songs in the Corpus