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21F.039 Japanese Popular Culture. Ian Condry Lecture 1: February 5, 2003. New Boundaries, New Connections Masamune(1991). Two robots question their identity. From Ghost in the Shell. NAKAZAWA Keiji Barefoot Gen ( Hadashino Gen). KON Satoshi (Dir.) 1997 Perfect Blue.

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21f 039 japanese popular culture

21F.039 Japanese Popular Culture

Ian Condry

Lecture 1: February 5, 2003

new boundaries new connections masamune 1991

New Boundaries, New ConnectionsMasamune(1991)

Two robots question their identity. From Ghost in the Shell

tezuka osamu 1928 89
TEZUKA Osamu (1928-89)

Self-portrait

from Schodt(1996) Dreamland Japan

miyazaki hayao
MIYAZAKI Hayao

"No matter what becomes of the world, we

should celebrate the blessing of being born."

Comic Box BessatsuVol. 6 Chihirono Daibouken(2001)

miyazaki 1988
Miyazaki (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro(Tonarino Totoro) 1988

nature gods humans technology
Nature, Gods, Humans, Technology

Princess Mononoke(1997)

spirited away sento chihiro
Spirited Away (Sento Chihiro)

Miyazaki (2001)

Highest grossing box office receipts in Japanese film history

japanese popular culture
Japanese Popular Culture

•What's Japanese?

•What's popular culture?

defining popular culture
Defining Popular Culture
  • formal
  • aesthetic
  • quantitative
  • sociological
  • political

Gangurofashion, late 1990s

Lawrence Grossberg(1989)

1 formal
1. Formal

• popular culture relies on

formulas

–soap operas

–teen idol pop

–action movies

Sakamoto Kyuin 1960s

2 aesthetic
2. aesthetic

• popular culture as

opposed to high

Culture

–not opera,

symphony, ballet

–yes, theater, rock 'n

roll, disco

Grafittiart kanjias CD cover

3 quantitatively
3. quantitatively

• popular culture is

mass culture

–hit songs, not

playing piano at

home

–hit TV shows, not

home videos

UTADA Hikaru(1999) First

Love debut album sets record

4 sociologically
4. sociologically

• popular culture is

everyday culture

of the people

–karaoke box

–video games

–cell phones

Nikki Lee's identity art

5 politically
5. politically

• popular culture is folk culture

–not mainstream culture of the

powerful

–yes, culture of marginal groups

–Grafittion walls, but not in art

museums . . . ?

KazzRock panel in

Sakuragi-cho, 2000

you better listen up
"You Better Listen Up"
  • Alternative visions of society
  • Media power in economics, politics,

and culture

  • Fan and artist positions
  • The future of culture is in the balance
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Alternative visions of society
  • Media power in economics, politics, and culture
  • Fan and artist positions
  • The future of culture is in the balance
assignment for monday
Assignment for Monday
  • Reading:

–Horkheimer and Adorno

(handout)

–Treat, "Introduction"

Contemporary Japan and

Popular Culture

  • Video:

–"The Japanese Version" at

the LLARC, 6th floor,

Building 16