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The Production Of Tsugaru Cultural Commodities

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Cultural commodities are produced when tangible and intangible resources are brought together through distinct production processes specific to a particular cultural industry. This chapter identifies and examines the characteristics specific to the production for Tsugaru lacquerware and Tsugaru shamisen music using a scheme that allows for combinative assessment of both universal characteristics as well as those unique to any particular cultural commodity. Local Professional performers, in skilled performances that combine the traditional repertoire of Tsugaru shamisen music with innovative interpretations of this repertoire, make contributions both economic and cultural, as tourists and locals alike pay to see and hear local performances showing technical mastery of the Tsugaru shamisen as an instrument.

Keywords: cultural commodities; production; Tsugaru lacquerware; Tsugaru shamisen music



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