Professor Emeritus

Specialized Field(s) Musicology, Japanese-Brazilian cultural history
Current Research Themes I pursue contact with Western musical culture from the end of the Tokugawa period to the end of World War II comprehensively, focusing on such topics as instruments, types and locations of performances, technology and media, dance and film, industrialization, and ultranationalism.
Keywords for Research modernization, popular music, popular culture, Japanese immigratioin


1978 B.A, University of Tokyo
1982 M.A, Tokyo National of Fine Arts and Music
1989 Ph.D, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

Professional Experience

1988 Assistant, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
1995 Toyota visiting Professor, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
1996 Associate Professor, Tokyo Insitute of Technology
2004 Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
2006 Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
2020 Professor Emeritus, International Research Center for Japanese Studies


1989 Ph.D, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music


  • ・ 『ジャズの時代』, 近代日本の音楽百年 第4巻, 岩波書店, 2020年12月
  • ・ 『レコード歌謡の誕生』, 近代日本の音楽百年 第3巻, 岩波書店, 2020年11月
  • ・ 『デモクラシイの音色』, 近代日本の音楽百年 第2巻, 岩波書店, 2020年10月
  • ・ 『洋楽の衝撃』, 近代日本の音楽百年 第1巻, 岩波書店, 2020年09月
  • Sentiment, Language, and the Arts. The Japanese-Brazilian Heritage, Brill, 386 pages, December 2019
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  • ・ 「戦前日本的探弌文化―異国情趣与中国趣味」, 『日語学習与研究』2016年3月号(中国日語教学研究会会刊 中国外語類核心期刊), Journal of Japanese Language Study and Research, 2016年03月, pp.7-13
  • ・ 「애매한 인본의 ‘흑인’― 대중음악과 인종적 복화술」, 『냉전 체제와 자본의 문화』근대 일본의 문화사 9:1955년 이후 1, 소명출판, 2013年, pp.193-225
  • ・ Key Tunes at the Heart of Japan’s Jazz Age: Americanism and its Indigenization, Situations vol. 9/1, 2016, pp.49-64
  • ・ A literature moderna dos imigrantes japonese nos folhetins de journais entre 1920 e 1930, Andrea Yuri Flores Urushima, Raquel Abi-Sâmara & Murilo Jardelino da Costa (eds.), Modernização urbana e Cultura Contemporânea: Diálogos Brasil-Japão, Terracosta, São Paulo, 2015, pp.43-68
  • ・ 音楽 Ongaku,Onkyō/Music, Sound, Review of Japanese Culture and Society (Working Words: New Approaches to Japanese Studies) Vol. XXV, Josai University, December 2013, pp.9-20
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  • ・ A Glimpse at Japanese-Brazilian Literature, Ex Oriente Lux: Japanese Culture and We, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrad, Belgrad, 2014
  • ・ Sketches of Silent Film Sound in Japan: Theatrical Functions of Ballyhoo, Orchestras, and Kabuki Ensembles, The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Cinema, Oxford, 2014
  • ・ The Swinging Phonograph in a Hot Teahouse: Sound Technology and the Emergence of the Jazz Community in Prewar Japan, Sound, Space and Sociality in Modern Japan, Routledge, London and New York, 2014, pp.108-126, (translation of Joseph D. Hankins and Carolyn S. Stevens (eds.))
  • ・ Shôchiku Girls’ Opera and 1920s Dôtonbori Jazz (translated by Philip Flavin), Music, Modernity and Locality in Prewar Japan: Osaka and Beyond, Ashgate, Surrey, 2013, pp.211-216, (translation of Hugh de Ferranti and Alison Tokita (eds.))
  • ・ The Walkman Effect, The Sound Studies Reader, Routledge,, New York, 2012, (translation of reprinted in Jonathan Sterne (ed.))
  • ・ Ongaku, Onkyō/Music, Sound, scholarship, Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley, University of California, 2012
  • ・ Thunder in the Far East. The Heavy Metal Industry in 1990s Japan (with Kei Kawano), Metal Rules the Globe. Heavy Metal Music around the World , Duke University Press, Durham & London, 2011, (translation of Jeremy Wallach, Harris M. Berger, and Paul D. Greene (eds.))
  • ・ The Uses of Routine: NHK’s Amateur Singing Contest in Historical Perspective, Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, Eva Tsai, and JungBong Choi (eds.), Television, Japan, and Globalization, Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2010, pp.51-72
  • ・ The Atomic Overtones, the Primitive Undertones: the Sound Design of Godzilla, Philip Hayward (ed.), Off the Planet: Music, Sound and Science Fiction Cinema, John Libbey, Sydney, 2004, pp.42-60
  • ・ Speaking in the Tongue of the Antipode: Japanese-Brazilian Fantasy on the Origin of Language, Jeffrey Lesser (ed.), Searching for Home Abroad. Japanese-Brazilians and Transnationalism, Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2003
  • ・ From Lima to Koza: Diamantes and the Blurred Identity of Okinawan-Peruvian‘Reverse Migrantsê’, Steven Loza (ed.), Musical Cultures of Latin America: Global Effects Past and Present, Department of Ethnomusicology and Systematic Musicology University of California, Los Angeles, 2003, pp.321-334
  • ・ Walkman, John Shepherd et al. (eds.), Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World vol.1 (Media, Industry and Society), Continuum, London-New York, 2003, pp.524-525
  • ・ Blacking Japanese:Experiencing Otherness from Afar, David Hesmondalgh & Keith Negus (eds. ), Popular Music Studies, Arnold, London, 2002, pp.223-237
  • ・ Martin Denny and the Development of Musical Exotica, Philip Hayward (ed.) Widening the Horizon: Exoticism in Post-war Popular Music, John Libbey, Sydney, 2002, pp.72-93
  • ・ Singing Contests in the Ethnic Enclosure of the Post-war Japanese-Brazilian Community, British Journal of Ethnomusicology 9(1), 2000, pp.95-118
  • ・ Rock and National Language: the Japanese Case, Tomy Mitchell & Peter Doyle (eds.),Changing Sounds: New Directions and Configurations in Popular Music, Prodeedings for the Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Sydney, July 1999, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Sydney, 2000, pp.98-101
  • ・ Soy Sauce Music: Haruomi Hosono and Japanese Self-Orientalism, Philip Hayward (ed.) Widening the Horizon: Exoticism in Post-war Popular Musi, John Libbey, Sydney, 1999, pp.114-144
  • ・ ‘Salsa no tiene frontera’ : Orquesta de la Luz and the Globalization of Popular Music, Cultural Studies 13(3), 1999, pp.509-534
  • ・ Strictly Ballroom. The Rumba in Pre-World War Two Japan, Perfect Beat 4(3), 1999, pp.3-23
  • ・ Nationalizing Chô-Chô-San: The Signification of ‘Butterfly Singers’ in a Japanese-Brazilian Community, Japanese Studies 19(3), 1999
  • ・ Okinawa Latina: la orquesta Diamantes y la errante identidad de los emigrantes nipón-peruanos, Antropologia n. 15/16, 1999, pp.205-226
  • ・ In Search for the Sound of the Empire: Hisao Tanabe and the Foundation of Japanese Ethnomusicology, Japanese Studies 18(1), 1998
  • ・ The Edisonian Era in Japan: The Early Years (1877-1914), Joachim Braun & Uri Sharvit (eds.),Studies in Socio-Musical Sciences, Bar-Ilan Universtiy Press, Gamat-Gan (Israel), 1998, pp.191-203
  • ・ In Search for the Sound of the Empire: Hisao Tanabe and the Foundation of Japanese Ethnomusicology, Japanese Studies vol.18/1, 1998, pp.5-19
  • ・ Singing in a Cultural Enclave: Karaoke in a Japanese-Brazilian community, Karaoke around the World, 1998, pp.139-165
  • ・ Nationalizing Chô-Chô-San: The Signification of 'Butterfly Singers' in a Japanese-Brazilian Community, Japanese Studies vol. 19/3, 1998, pp.253-682
  • ・ Pidgin Japanisch: Über Japano-Amerikanischen Sprachmischung in der Popmusik, Musik in Japan. Aufsäzte zu Aspekten der Musik im heutigen Japan, Sylvain Guignard (ed.), OAG, Tokyo, 1996, pp.107-123
  • ・ Le tango au Japon avant 1945. Formation, déformation, transformation, Tango nomade,Ramon Pelinski (ed.)(tr. by Pierre Monette), Triptyque, Montréal, 1995, pp.289-323
  • ・ Singing Not Together: Karaoke in São Paulo, Will Straw et al. (eds.),Popular Music-- Style and Identity. Proceedings of the Seventh Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (Stockton, California, 1993), Center for Research on Canadian Cultural Industries and Institutions, Montreal, 1995, pp.149-154
  • ・ East of Honolulu: Hawaiian Music in Japan from the 1920s to the 1940s, Perfect Beat vol.2/1, 1994, pp.51-67
  • ・ Il canto e l'etnicità: il Karaoke a San Paolo del Brasile, Musica/Realtà n.43, 1994, pp.5-13
  • ・ L'abus du disque: Cage et Marclay, Music, Ideas, and Society. Essays in Honor of Ivan Supicic,ed. by Stanislav Tuksar, Croatian Musicological Society, Zagreb, 1993, pp.89-102
  • ・ A História da Música entre os Nikkei no Brasil- Enfocando as Melodias Japonesas, Anais do IV Encontro Nacional de Professores Universitários de Língua, Literature e Cultura Japonesas, Centro de Estudos Japoneses da Universidade de São Paolo, 1993, pp.125-148
  • ・ L'ascolto debole, Estetiche del walkman, ed. by Angelo Ferrano & Gabriele Montagno, Flavio Pagano, Naples, 1990, pp.81-109
  • ・ La Manipulation maudite: Rigoletto, Semiotica vol.74-1/2, 1989, pp.1-24
  • ・ Fascinating Banality of the Hit Parade, Onetwothreefour vol.4, 1987, pp.66-73
  • ・ Technique/Technology of Reproduction in Music, The Semiotic Web '86. An International Yearbook, ed. by Thomas A. Sebeok & Jean Umiker-Sebeok, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 1986, pp.536-555
  • ・ L'effet lyrique, Semiotica vol.66-1/3, 1986, pp.141-153
  • ・ Opera, Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, Thomas A. Sebeok (ed.), Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin-New York-Amsterdam, 1986, pp.649-651
  • ・ La diva: un autre mythe de l'opéa, Approches de l'opéa (Actes de Colloque AISS-IASPA - Royaumont, septembre 1984)André Helbo (ed.), Didier Erudition, Bruxelles, 1986, pp.89-93
  • ・ Distance, Gestus, Quotation: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny of Brecht and Weill, International Review of the Aesthetic and Sociology of Music vol.16/2, 1985, pp.181-199
  • ・ Les Yeux et le secret: le cas des Residents, Traverses n.30/31, 1984, pp.164-169
  • ・ The Walkman Effect, Popular Music n.4, 1984, pp.165-80.2
  • ・ How Saussurian Is a Music?, Musical Grammars and Computer Analysis (Atti del Convegno, Modena, 4-6 ottobre), Marioi Baroni & Laura Callegari (eds.), Olchiki, Firenze, 1984, pp.153-163
  • ・ The Walkman as Urban Strategy, International Association of Music Education (IAME)Yearbook(ed. by Jack Dobbs) vol.10 , 1983
  • ・ The Walkman as Urban Strategy, Pop and Folk Music: Stock-taking of New Trends, 1983, pp.129-133
  • ・ Considérations sur la musique mass-médiatisée, International Review of Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (IRASM) vol.12/1, 1981, pp.21-50
Co-authored Articles
  • ・ with Carolyn Stevens, So Close and Yet So Far: Humanizing Celebrity in Japanese Music Variety Shows, 1960s-1990s, Asian Media Production, Brian Moeran (ed.), Curzon, Richmond, 2001, pp.223-246
  • ・ with Tōru Mitsui, Introduction, Karaoke around the World, 1998, pp.1-27
  • ・ with Akiko Otake, Karaoke in East Asia; Modernization, Japanization, or Asianization?, Karaoke around the World, 1998, pp.178-201
Other Publications
  • ・ Japan Meets the Boss of the Blues, The Common Reader. A Journal of the Essay vol. 1/1, Washington University, St. Louis, 2016, pp.87-99
  • ・ Giant Steps in November: Three English Books on Takemitsu Toru (Book Review), Journal of Japanese Studies 29/2, 2003, pp.505-508
  • ・ Book review. E. Taylor Atkins, Blue Nippon Authenticating Jazz in Japan. Duke University Press, 2001, IN Monumenta Nipponica vol. 57/2, summer 2002, 2002, pp.263-265
  • ・ Il Resto del Mondo, Aura. Scritti per Gianni Carchia, Edizioni Seb27, Torino, 2002, pp.124-125
  • ・ Book review. Timothy J. Craig (ed.), Japan Pop! Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture, NY & London, Armonk, Japanese Studies 20/3, 2000, pp.334-336
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  • ・ Land of a Thousand Commercials: The Defeat of MTV in Japan, What a Wonderful World! Music Videos in Architecture, Groningen Museum, Groningen, 1990, pp.69-72
  • ・ On Tokyo-Go: Pidgin Japanese, Against Nature: Japanese Art in the Eighties, ICA, Nagoya, 1989, pp.35-41
  • ・ The Gelato of Light, Cultural Studies vol.2/2, 1986, pp.217-222
  • ・ Dal jazz alla Yellow Magic Orchestra: breve storia della musica di consumo giapponese nel doppoguerra, Giappone. Avanguardia del future (catalogo di manifestazione a Genova, aprile-maggio 1985), Electa, Milano, 1985, pp.266-269
  • ・ I segni imperiali, Alfabeta n.58, March, 1984, pp.3-4
  • ・ Umberto E..., Il cavallo di Troia n.5, 1984, pp.37-41
  • ・ Free jazz in Giappone, Musica/Realtà n.9, 1982, pp.18-24
  • ・ Compte-rendu: Entendre la musique, by Michel Imberty, Dunot, Paris, 1979, IRASM vol.12/1, 1981, pp.82-85
  • ・ Book Review: Myth and Music, by Eero Tatasti, Mouton, The Hague-Paris-New York, 1979, IRASM vol.11/2, 1980, pp.262-265
  • ・ Japanese Popular Music of the Past Twenty Years. Its Mainstream and Underground, The Japan Foundation, Tokyo. (Slovenian trans. in Muska, Nrs. 10&11 (Oct. and Nov.99)., 1994
Presentations, Symposiums, Lectures etc.
  • ・ Manga Meets Genji: Narrative Technique of Yamato Waki’s Asakiyumemishi, ベオグラード国際日本学研究会「見えるもの・見えざるもの」, Department of Literature, University of Belgrad, Belgrad, Serbia, 13 March 2014
  • ・ Writing the Mother Tongue from Afara: Literary Activities of Japanese Immigrants in Brazil, 17 June 2010
  • ・ (講演会), 「Writing the Mother Tongue from Afara: Literary Activities of Japanese Immigrants in Brazil」, メルボルン大学エリザベス・マードック劇場(ワルター・マンゴールド講演), 2010年06月17日
  • ・ Modernization of Music Culture in Japan, 6 May 2010
  • ・ (講演会), 「Modernization of Music Culture in Japan」, メルボルン大学音楽学科, 2010年05月06日
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  • ・ (Conference), On Japanese Jazz, The Asia-Pacific Jazz Conference, Hamilton Island, Australia, September 2003
  • ・ (Conference), Music and the Godzilla Series , The 12th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Montreal , July 2003
  • ・ Experiencing the Other from Afar: the Reception of Black Music in Japan, Convegno Internazionale Nuovi Soundscapes: Culture, Pratiche ed Esperienze Musicali Contemporanee, November 2002
  • ・ Una Storia della Música Giapponesa Popolare dopo 1945, November 2002
  • ・ (Conference), Japanese-Brazilian Immigrants and Cinema, The Face of Another: Japanese Cinema/Global Images, February 2002
  • ・ Japanese Film Goes to Brasil, February 2002
  • ・ On Tizuka Yamazaki’s Gaijin, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2002
  • ・ (Lansdowne Lectures), A Historial Survey of Japanese Popular Music, 1945-2000, Canada , October 2000
TV, Radio
  • ・ May. 3.2010, メルボルン大学 , アジア・インスティテュート, “Culture of music-making in contemporary Japan”
Grants and Scholarships
  • ・ 1999年4月~2003年3月, 基盤研究(C)(2), 近代日本における西洋音楽文化の衝撃と大衆音楽の形成―黒船から終戦まで
    ( Apr. 1999 - Mar. 2003, Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research (C)(2), Kindai nihon ni okeru seiyou ongaku bunka no shogeki to taishu ongaku no keisei” (The Impact of Western Music Culture and the Formation of Popular music in Modern Japan) )
Other Activities
Academic Society Membership
  • ・ 日本ポピュラー音楽学会
    ( The Japanese Association for the Study of Popular Music )
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