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Japan

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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... its first chair, Toru Mitsui, began to get involved in a postgraduate program at Kanazawa University that encourages the academic study of popular music. In the late 1990s a handful of undergraduate classes on popular music were introduced...

Shônan

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 1,325,000 (2000) The Shonan region is the name given to the coastal area of Sagami Bay in central Japan, covering – from east to west – Kamakura, Fujisawa, Chigasaki, Hiratsuka, Oiso, Ninomiya and Odawara. Zushi...

Fukuoka

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 1,341,489 (2000) Fukuoka, the capital of Fukuoka Prefecture and the largest city on the southern island of Ky^shô, has been important as the political, economic and cultural center of northern Kyôshô since...

Shamisen

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The shamisen is a plucked, unfretted, three-stringed instrument developed from a prototype that was brought to the main islands of Japan in the mid-sixteenth century from the Ryûkyû island of Okinawa. This prototype was adapted...

Hamamatsu

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 582,120 (2000) Hamamatsu, the second-largest city in Shizuoka Prefecture, is situated on the west bank of the Tenryô River in the center of Japan’s major island, Honshô, near...

Koto

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...This 13-stringed, plucked zither first arrived in Japan from China before the ninth century, as part of the orchestra of gagaku, an upper-class art music that was assimilated from continental Asia between the fifth and ninth centuries...

Shakuhachi

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The shakuhachi is a vertical bamboo flute of Chinese origin, characterized by microtonal pitch movements and by a wide range of tonal colors. In its short form (hitoyogiri), it was used to accompany popular songs. A longer version...

Okinawa

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 1,329,000 (2003) Okinawa Prefecture consists of numerous small islands, which are located in the far southwest corner of Ky^shô. The capital city, Naha, on the main island, Okinawa, was a trading port...

Tokyo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 12,380,000 (2003) Tôkyô, which is home to some 10 percent of the population of Japan and is located on the Pacific side of central Honshô with Tôkyô Bay on the southeast, has been the capital of Japan...

Tôhoku and Hokkaidô

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Sendai: 1,024,000 (2003); Sapporo: 1.858.0 (2003) Hokkaido, which was inhabited by the aboriginal people Ainu, is the second-largest of the four major islands in Japan, being located at the northern end...