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When we think of composers, we usually envision an isolated artist separate from the orchestraandmdash;someone alone in a study, surround by staff paperandmdash;and in Europe and America this image generally has been accurate. For most of Japanandrsquo;s musical history, however, no such role existedandmdash;composition and performance were deeply intertwined. and#160;Only when Japan began to embrace Western culture in the late nineteenth century did the role of the composer emerge. Inand#160;Composing Japanese Musical Modernity, Bonnie Wade uses an investigation of this new musical role to offer new insights not just into Japanese music but Japanese modernity at large and global cosmopolitan culture.
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Wade examines the short history of the composer in Japanese society, looking at the creative and economic opportunities that have sprung up around themandmdash;or that they forgedandmdash;during Japanandrsquo;s astonishingly fast modernization. She shows that modernist Japanese composers have not bought into the high modernist concept of the autonomous artist, instead remaining connected to the people. Articulating Japanese modernism in this way, Wade tells a larger story of international musical life, of the spaces in which tradition and modernity are able to meet and, ultimately, where modernity itself has been made.and#160;

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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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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."

About the Author

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

i at Manoa

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Music Examples

Prologue

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 Fan Clubs
  • Karaoke

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

    Romancing the Nation
  • Longing for Furusato
  • “Japan”

Epilogue

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

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674012769
Author:
Yano, Christine R.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Wade, Bonnie C.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
World History-Japan
Subject:
Music-Ethnic
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Series Volume:
206
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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."
"Synopsis" by , 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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