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Kwaidan Book Club: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World

  • Sun, April 18, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom

JSNO Kwaidan Book Club continues! We had a great meeting online, and looking forward to continuing. In April, we will be reading and discussing Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World by Matt Alt.

This event will be online via Zoom as we welcome to the meeting a special guest appearance by Matt Alt himself! 

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*Please help support Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop (local New Orleans bookstore) by ordering your copy from their affiliate Bookshop site: https://bookshop.org/a/55/9781984826695

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The untold story of how Japan became a cultural superpower through the fantastic inventions that captured--and transformed--the world's imagination.

"A masterful book driven by deep research, new insights, and powerful storytelling."--W. David Marx, author of Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style

The Walkman. Karaoke. Pikachu. Pac-Man. Akira. Emoji. We've all fallen in love with one or another of Japan's pop-culture creations, from the techy to the wild to the super-kawaii. But as Japanese media veteran Matt Alt proves in this brilliant investigation of Tokyo's pop-fantasy complex, we don't know the half of it. Japan's toys, gadgets, and imaginary worlds didn't merely entertain. They profoundly transformed the way we live.

In the 1970s and '80s, Japan seemed to exist in some near future, gliding on the superior technology of Sony and Toyota while the West struggled to catch up. Then a catastrophic 1990 stock-market crash ushered in the "lost decades" of deep recession and social dysfunction. The end of the boom times should have plunged Japan into irrelevance, but that's precisely when its cultural clout soared--when, once again, Japan got to the future a little ahead of the rest of us.

Hello Kitty, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and multimedia empires like Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z were more than marketing hits. Artfully packaged, dangerously cute, and dizzyingly fun, these products made Japan the forge of the world's fantasies, and gave us new tools for coping with trying times. They also transformed us as we consumed them--connecting as well as isolating us in new ways, opening vistas of imagination and pathways to revolution. Through the stories of an indelible group of artists, geniuses, and oddballs, Pure Invention reveals how Japanese ingenuity remade global culture and may have created modern life as we know it. It's Japan's world; we're just gaming, texting, singing, and dreaming in it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Matt Alt is a Tokyo-based writer, translator, and reporter. He is a contributor to The New Yorker online, CNN, Wired, Slate, The Independent, Newsweek Japan, The Japan Times, and many other publications, and is the co-author of six illustrated books about Japan.

*Book and Author information found on Bookshop.

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Topic: KWAIDAN BOOK CLUB: HOW JAPAN'S POP CULTURE CONQUERED THE WORLD

Time: Apr 18, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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