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Ok, maybe it's time for that:

This LJ is semi-friend.
All fangirl-stuff will be open, flailing and giggling and pery - you know... due to the recent happenings - I will close up much more than I did before... it's sad but inevitable
sometimes it's also about Japan, Japanese politics, (bad) entertainment stuff, Yakuza... we will see - I've got dozens of tags... brows trough it and you will see ^_^
All personal-stuff will be locked. And I am only be-friending whom I know for a while through postings or "talking".

I am a nice one. Really, ask the others...


Look what arrived!
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and for whatever stupid telephon-reasin just has to stand on top...



talking about 1980th/early 1990th
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love this song - Rebecca - フレンズ

I am all sentimental today
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just discovered my love for Ozaki Yutaka 尾崎 豊

who died an early dead in 1992 (naked, in a small back alley, lungs filled with water...) - reading his lyrics while listening to the songs makes you wonder about the natural-death-thing (yes it was labeled like that)

I searched for videos which include the lyrics but his live-stuff is just plain sexy so I choose a variation from both

anyway - this guy was wonderful at writing music! and singing it! was god damn good-looking!

some kitsch but with tso much heart I am about to believe it and be sentimental

but he's also a 1980th rocker (for which I have a secret affection)

ok, this one is plain cool, the song, the video, the whole guy with this smirk of him - Setsugyo (Graduation)

and my secnd loved song after Setsugyo 15 no yoru (the 15th night)

and I could go on and on... but first I need to get at least one of his albums for myself ♥

14:42 the third year after
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and it won`t be over soon</p>

allow me to complain
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Masako Shirasu: woman of the world | The Japan Times
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“I believe, without a doubt, culture to be something that exists in the life of every single person as a part of their life from one day to another,” she wrote in a notebook in 1947. “Being faithful to yourself and becoming engrossed in your work, that’s culture.”

a wonderful, wonderful woman! I want to know more about her, I would love to read her books - so much inspiration in this short article already ♥

Masako Shirasu: woman of the world | The Japan Times

I think this is the most inspirational:
“Looking back, it seems that I’ve spent my whole life dawdling by the wayside, from one road to another. . . . I may have lost something on the way, but I think I have gained more.”

This could be interesting for the music-nerds
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or rather: marketing music in Japan-nerds *cough*

facts about japanese music market

nothing really new (for us) - but what was interesting for me is how it is STILL new(s) to the "western" music industry... I had to smile (in a rather bitter way) at the part where he's going about that English should work in Tokyo, but it still would be a good idea to brush up on your Japanese... it's NOT self-evident and that's plain rude (but isn't that true for most languages outside English...?)

I am also surprised that he missed a fact: the dedicatedness (is that a word?) of Japanese fans~ which is unique in way, it is infact possible to create your own niche inside this huge market - but you have to be a "good for & TO the fans" artist

look what was waiting for me
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when I came back home after a week &hearts;

thank you Dear!!


Pop and Politics
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Look to pop culture if you want to blame someone for A-Chan’s gay gaffe - by Ian Martin

Special To The Japan Times - Nov 26, 2013

"All art is political. All pop culture is political.

This idea provokes fierce opposition from many. Politics is dirty and discredited, they say, and art should be above politics; pop culture is entertainment and shouldn’t have to mean anything. These arguments are wrong.

All art and pop culture is political because it all serves someone’s politics. By challenging, reinforcing or even outright ignoring dominant ideologies and social norms, art and pop culture form an important part of the framework within which society is constructed. Anyone who has felt comforted by a song that recognizes their life and struggles, or who has felt alienated by one that seems to be speaking to them from a different world, has experienced music in its most basic political essence.

So when Ayaka “A-Chan” Nishiwaki of cheerfully apolitical electropopsters Perfume told the web site Blouin ArtInfo, “Overseas, there were more men than women, and also people who were neither!” before launching into an anecdote about a gay fan and his “girlfriend,” her comments and the reaction were just a more direct expression of a discourse that is constantly occurring in pop.

Obviously many of the group’s fans overseas were extremely offended by this, while others blamed gay fans for confronting Nishiwaki with their sexuality in the first place. The debate in Perfume’s overseas fan community basically divided along familiar lines, with the universalists, who believe in certain immutable cultural values, on one side and the exceptionalists, who celebrate and defend Japan’s right to be different, on the other.

Nishiwaki herself clearly didn’t mean anything bad by her comment — on that at least the exceptionalists are surely right. The journalist who carried out the interview, Blouin ArtInfo’s Robert Michael Poole, stands by the translation and puts the remarks down more to naiveté and cultural awkwardness [The Japan Times has not heard the original Japanese recording of the interview]. What the piece shows is someone with no real frame of reference for dealing with openly expressed homosexuality struggling clumsily to find appropriate words. The cause of the problem is a culture that fails to provide people with that very frame of reference.

Pop culture and a lot of mainstream art in Japan is complicit in reinforcing norms that exclude discussion of anything that doesn’t fit a certain narrow set of mainstream values. Most contemporary J-pop has the same basic message of “friendship is good, peace is good, follow your dreams, I want a boy,” etc. which while inoffensive in its own right, limits the the range of experiences discussed in the broader cultural sphere.

Singer/model Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is often compared to Lady Gaga, but while Gaga frequently challenges mainstream cultural norms, Kyary’s songs are all essentially advertising jingles and the more challenging or fringe aspects of her music are mostly abstract, aesthetic ones (the flipside of that of course is that based on those abstract, aesthetic criteria, Kyary is far more musically interesting than Gaga).

Whether through social conservatism on the part of Japan’s culture industries or a simple race to the middle driven by market forces, all of this serves a particularly narrow vision of what Japanese culture and values are. Pop music is essentially the megaphone through which the big lie that Japan is a single homogeneous entity is propagated to its population.

It also contributes to a cultural ignorance about how things are perceived by different people. It pushes pop culture and mainstream art into the abstract and aesthetic realms in order to satisfy its need to push boundaries, with experimentation in form sometimes creating genuinely striking music, art and fashion — but also leading to a situation where popular boy bands such as Kishidan, can appear on TV in full Nazi SS uniforms and not understand how that’s problematic.

A lot of this comes down to political correctness, which at its worst can be a form of Orwellian newspeak, but at heart really just means thinking about the effect your language and imagery will have on other people. Language that appears to deny gay people their right to a gender is a horrible thing for many to hear, however well-intentioned. Artists should have the freedom to say whatever they want, but they should at least know why they are saying it.

Opening pop culture up to more voices would give people the tools to make those judgments and lead to a greater cultural consciousness that would enrich rather than stifle Japanese culture."

I have to think about this~ for a first read, I would agree. Also when I remember conversations I had with my friends in Tokyo or Japanese friends here~ also, thinking about the comments translated at Maji De (I know 2ch-users and commenters are by majority conservative right-wingers, there's even a poll about this...)

especially about the "homogeneous entity" thing - but I am not sure, if it's firstly transported via pop-music but more via TV in general... the "non"-regular-japanese artists/entertainer a often treated/or treat themselves as a joke as well

what do you think?

I have to think about this

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