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Title Japan pop! : inside the world of Japanese popular culture / Timothy J. Craig, editor.

Published Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [2000]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  952.04 JAPA    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 348 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes "An East Gate book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I. Popular Music -- 2. Can Japanese Sing the Blues? "Japanese Jazz" and the Problem of Authenticity / E. Taylor Atkins 27 -- 3. Marketing of Tears: Consuming Emotions in Japanese Popular Song / Christine R. Yano 60 -- 4. Open Your File, Open Your Mind: Women, English, and Changing Roles and Voices in Japanese Pop Music / James Stanlaw 75 -- 5. A Karaoke Perspective on International Relations / Hiro R. Shimatachi 101 -- Part II Comics and Animation -- 6. Japanese Comic Books and Religion: Osamu Tezuka's Story of the Buddha / Mark Wheeler MacWilliams 109 -- 7. Romantic, Passionate Japanese in Anime: A Look at the Hidden Japanese Soul / Eri Izawa 138 -- 8. Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen): Volume 8, pages 17-31 / Keiji Nakazawa 154 -- 9. Gender Roles and Girls' Comics in Japan: The Girls and Guys of Yukan Club / Maia Tsurumi 171 -- 10. From Sazae-san to Crayon Shin-chan: Family Anime, Social Change, and Nostalgia in Japan / William Lee 186 -- Part III Television and Film -- 11. New Role Models for Men and Women? Gender in Japanese TV Dramas / Hilaria M. Gossmann 207 -- 12. A New Kind of Royalty: The Imperial Family and the Media in Postwar Japan / Jayson Chun 222 -- 13. Into the Heartland with Tora-san / Mark Schilling 245 -- Part IV Japanese Popular Culture Abroad -- 14. Sailor Moon: Japanese Superheroes for Global Girls / Anne Allison 259 -- 15. Beauty Fighter "Sailor Chemist" / Yuka Kawada 279 -- 16. Doraemon Goes Abroad / Saya S. Shiraishi 287 -- 17. Pop Idols and the Asian Identity / Hiroshi Aoyagi 309.
Summary A fascinating illustrated look at various forms of Japanese popular culture: pop song, jazz, enka (a popular ballad genre of 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. The book features 32 pages of manga plus 50 additional photos, illustrations, and shorter comic samples.
Other author Craig, Timothy J., 1947-
Subject Popular culture -- Japan.
Japan -- Civilization -- 1945-
ISBN 0765605600 (alk. paper)
0765605619 (paperback: alk. paper)