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Kamakura Poetics

Nov 19, 2015 No Comments by

Fujiwara no Shunzei wrote “Korai Futeisho”in 1197. This early Kamakura treatise on poetics set the stage for many poetic developments to come. Chiefly, Shunzei discusses the connection between kotoba, or words, and kokoro, which means heart/mind. In the poetic sense, kokoro, according to Shunzei was transmitted from all the preceeding poetic anthologies, such as Man’yoshu, […]

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Manga as Intellectual Property

Jun 10, 2010 2 Comments by

Now that Japanese publishers have scanlation sites in their gunsights, perhaps they may consider a few lessons from the American market. For about one year, I worked for a company that distributed non-theatrical digital releases of films from a variety of US studios.  We had to adhere to strict MPAA conventions to protect every master […]

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Great happy J-Pop sound: Perfume

Apr 28, 2010 No Comments by

Today we covered J-Pop in class.  I spent a long time discussing the impact of postwar American sound, tracing Martin Denny’s Firecracker to YMO’s electronic interpretation of it, and then the later remixes.  We also covered Kimi Ni Mune Kyun and Tighten Up (listening to originals and reimaged covers…I’ll post on that later!) A student […]

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