- By Mark Schilling

The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture

  • Title: The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture
  • Author: Mark Schilling
  • ISBN: 9780834803800
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture Sony and Nissan have become household names and Japanese animated cartoons have packs of British fans but there are many other aspects to Japan s vigorous pop culture In informative entries the

    Sony and Nissan have become household names, and Japanese animated cartoons have packs of British fans, but there are many other aspects to Japan s vigorous pop culture In 70 informative entries, the author covers the years from 1945 to the present, pulling together film, cartoons, every genre of pop music, comedians, matinee idols, sumo wrestlers, gourmet fads, best sellSony and Nissan have become household names, and Japanese animated cartoons have packs of British fans, but there are many other aspects to Japan s vigorous pop culture In 70 informative entries, the author covers the years from 1945 to the present, pulling together film, cartoons, every genre of pop music, comedians, matinee idols, sumo wrestlers, gourmet fads, best sellers, baseball stars, quiz shows, discos, song contests and The interconnections between phenomena are traced singers who become actresses who marry writers who become game show hosts who become journalists covering politicians who were once stand up comics along with the complicated genealogies of pop music dynasties This illustrated text is an introduction to contemporary Japan which aims to show that it is something other than the land of Genji, cherry blossoms and samurai.

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    1. Mark Schilling's Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture is a remarkably enjoyable and remarkably useful and informative book. Schilling has wisely chosen not to cover everything under the sun, and instead provides entries for only the most significant and representative icons and moments of pop culture.Schilling has done a great job when it comes to writing entries that are entertaining, but also packed with significant amounts of historical background and (informed) cultural analysis. Clearly thi [...]

    2. I bought this book hoping to use it for my thesis research on Japanese music. I think I ended up using a chapter at best. It is interesting to read for fun, though.

    3. Well written and fun to read!Apart from offering simple cultural topics (e.g. movies, music, etc.), this book also offers valuable insight into Japanese culture: far from being cold and robot-like as they are presented abroad, the Japanese are (unsurprisingly) very similar to the citizens of other developed countries of the world.At the time of this review, the book is well over 20 years old, so it does lack new information; however, the chapters inside the book are by no means outdated - they a [...]

    4. Mark Schilling put together this collection in the early 90's - and one thing about Japanese pop culture is that there needs to be a catalogue of some sort to come out every 6 months! It is a culture that is never dead, it just keeps growing and changing due to what?Nevertheless this is a great reference guide to old Japanese TV shows and bands from the 80's, 70's, etc. The author in the long run maybe the new Donald Richie. due that he's cool (like Richie) and has a deep understanding of Japane [...]

    5. Personal, amusing account. I admit I skipped a lot of the cultural icons I felt was unimportant/ not relevant to my paper. It was really nice to see Totto-Chan, Doraemon, and a couple of other manga-related stuff in this tome. A good way to revisit old encounters, and Schilling does try to add in some critical perspectives into each, so I'm glad to pick up some new things about these old interests of mine.

    6. Exactly what the title promises. Tons of fun, quirky, and cute aspects of the pop culture in Japan. Like the Sanrio theme park that I'm bummed no longer exists. You can learn all about manga and anime and what made them what they are today. Great for geeks!

    7. A great collection of weird and fun things from Japan. It helped me find a bunch of things that I didn't know a lot about, and made me check them out firsthand. It also showed me how much stuff from my childhood was influenced by the culture.

    8. Great book for a view of pop culture in Japan (hence the title). Not too deep, but certainly full of interesting things that I never knew before.

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