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Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 03:04 am
Japan's new sakoku?

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dignified_devil
A Dignified Devil
Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)

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"Japan is no longer so interested in the West", Momus said, thereby somehow implying that it OUGHT to be. But isn't a large part of the problem that the West and Western (= Anglo-American) culture just isn't very interesting any more, and hasn't been for at least the last decade? Focusing on Japan in this matter seems rather beside the point.
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This is rather true, the West might have been a factory of new ideas and aesthetics for awhile, but it's been some time since a musician, at the very least, really threw out some new ideas and at the very least many art magazines seem to feel art is in decline creatively too. Derek Bailey's ideas of improvisation might have inspired Keijo Haino, John Zorn's compositions saw reflections in Otomo Yoshihide's work, and then the whole Shibuya-kei movement. What I'm interested in is what do Japanese feel they're getting out of the inward looking ideology? Aside from the pleasures of nationalism and the weight of having a more working class culture pervading the media how will these ideas spill out artisictically, or will they create a more widespread apathy towards the arts? The nineties might have been about minimalism in the west in both dress and music, but such explorations showed that simplicity can be deep, what will the Japanese produce to express their new found cultural sensibilities?


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