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Music in Japan: Expressing Music, Expressing Culture

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BY BONNIE C. WADE
GLOBAL MUSIC SERIES, GENERAL EDITORS: BONNIE C. WADE AND
PATRICIA SHEHAN CAMPBELL
NEW YORK: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2005
184 PAGES, 45 FIGURES, ONE INDEX, ONE RESOURCES LISTING,
GLOSSARY, CD TRACK LIST, ISBN 0-19-514488-0

Young American students today have more exposure to Japanese culture than ever before. The rising popularity of Japanese animation, comic books, and video games is introducing Japanese culture to the entire world. Because of this increased exposure, more young Americans are becoming fascinated by Japanese culture, both traditional and modern. Teachers at all levels may use this new fascination to introduce the study of Japanese culture in a more academic context. Music in Japan: Expressing Music, Expressing Culture is extremely useful for this purpose because of its interdisciplinary approach and the many activities intended to spark further research and discussion. Although the book focuses on music, it also discusses other aspects of Japanese culture such as theatre, literature, and film.