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Japanese Chindon-ya and Anti-Nuclear Power Protests with Marié Abe
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In this episode we talk with Marié Abe, whose article "Sounding Against Nuclear Power in Post-3.11 Japan: Resonances of Silence and Chindon-ya," was published in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology. Abe explores the Japanese musical advertisement practice chindon-ya and how it has become politicized as the sounds of anti-nuclear street protests after the 3.11 nuclear disaster. Abe examines the tensions between chindon-ya’s role in street protests and the socially mandated practice of the silence of jishuku.







Marié Abe is assistant professor of music at Boston University. Her recent book Resonances of Chindon-ya, focuses on the study of sound within public spaces through the analysis of the street music practice chindon-ya.




Thanks to Marié Abe for providing the field recordings used in this episode.


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