The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture

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Weatherhill, 1997 - History - 343 pages
In the West, Japanese culture comes in the form of Power Rangers, Godzilla movies, and Sanrio products, but of course the indigenous pop culture is much richer. Rather than focus on what the rest of the world has already encountered, Mark Schilling provides an encyclopedic compendium of books, movies, music, comedians, and cultural scandals that have had the greatest impact in Japan. Thus, for the outsider, The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture is an insider's guide to post-war Japan. Not content to simply catalog his entries, Schilling provides real depth and analysis in his articles, opening up Japan's rich pop heritage to the world at large.

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I read this book back when I was a university student. I made a point of reading at least one article a day (but usually many more), until I had finished it. It really was, and is, a great overview of ... Read full review

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Mark Schilling set off for Japan in 1975 to immerse himself in the culture, learn the language, and haunt the theaters. He has been there ever since. In 1989 he became a regular film reviewer for theJapan Times , and has written on Japanese film for a variety of other publications, includingScreen International , the Japan edition of Premier, the Asian edition ofNewsweek, Asian Wall Street Journal , Japan Quarterly , Winds,Cinemaya, and Kinema Jumpo .

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