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Creating Enka


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Another knock out translation by Kato David Hopkins on Japan's criminally untranslated musical history - this time on "Enka," described on the back cover as "the most loved, most hated, and most Japanese of all popular music."

From the site:

"Wajima Yusuke's history of the Japanese popular music that is almost universally considered to be traditional but that is not. A great history not just of the music, but also of the political and social climate of the postwar era, especially the 1950s and 1960s.

Highly recommended. When this book first appeared, a few years ago, it was considered a radical rehistoricizing of something thought to be common sense. Common sense has since realigned itself along Wajima's lines. A complete index of names referenced in the book is available online."