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A Marketing Guide For Min’Yō Recordings

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This appendix section of the book Traditional Folk Song in Modern Japan Sources, Sentiment and Society contains about seven LPs of 'genre poems' arranged regionally, with narration linking recorded examples and also briefs about why min'yō became the property of the older generations. The Japanese say that 'folk song is the heart's home town'. Traditional folk songs (min'yō) from the countryside are strongly linked to their places of origin and continue to play a role there. Today, they are also taught as a quasi-art music, arranged for stage and television, quoted in Westernized popular songs and so forth.

Keywords: 'genre poems'; min'yō; Modern Japan; quasi-art music; traditional folk song



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