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Tears of Longing : Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song - Christine Reiko Yano

Tears of Longing

Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song


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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."

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 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
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
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ISBN: 9780674012769
ISBN-10: 0674012763
Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st September 2003
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Type: New edition