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The Resource Pure invention : how Japan's pop culture conquered the world, Matt Alt

Pure invention : how Japan's pop culture conquered the world, Matt Alt

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Pure invention : how Japan's pop culture conquered the world
Title
Pure invention
Title remainder
how Japan's pop culture conquered the world
Statement of responsibility
Matt Alt
Title variation
Pure invention
Title variation remainder
how Japans pop culture conquered the world
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Language
eng
Summary
"The untold story of how Japan became a cultural superpower through the fantastic inventions that captured-and transformed-the world's imagination. The Walkman. Karaoke. Pikachu. Pac-Man. Akira. Emoji. We've all fallen in love with one or another of Japan's pop-culture creations, from the techy to the wild to the super-kawaii. But as Japanese media veteran Matt Alt proves in this brilliant investigation of Tokyo's pop-fantasy complex, we don't know the half of it. Japan's toys, gadgets, and fantasy worlds didn't merely entertain. They profoundly transformed the way we live. In the 1970s and '80s, Japan seemed to exist in some near future, soaring on the superior technology of Sony and Toyota while the West struggled to catch up. Then a catastrophic 1990 stock-market crash ushered in the "lost decades" of deep recession and social dysfunction. The end of the boom times should have plunged Japan into irrelevance, but that's precisely when its cultural clout soared-when, once again, Japan got to the future a little ahead of the rest of us. Hello Kitty, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and entertainment empires like Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z were more than marketing hits. Artfully packaged, dangerously cute, and dizzyingly fun, these products made Japan the forge of the world's fantasies, and gave us new tools for coping with trying times. They also transformed us as we consumed them-connecting as well as isolating us in new ways, opening vistas of imagination and pathways to revolution. Through the stories of an indelible group of artists, geniuses, and oddballs, Pure Invention reveals how Japanese ingenuity remade global culture and may have created modern life as we know it. It's Japan's world; we're just gaming, texting, singing, and dreaming in it"--
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10900733
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Alt, Matt
Dewey number
306.30952
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9993.T693
LC item number
J325 2020
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Toy industry
  • Electronic games industry
  • Amusements
  • Japan
Target audience
adult
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how Japan's pop culture conquered the world
Label
Pure invention : how Japan's pop culture conquered the world, Matt Alt
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Introduction -- Tin men -- The revolution will be televised -- Everybody is a star -- Cult of cute -- Plugging in and dropping out -- Empire of the schoolgirls -- A new anime century -- Gaming the world -- The antisocial network -- Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9781984826695
Lccn
2020007250
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • on1141942239
  • (OCoLC)1141942239
Label
Pure invention : how Japan's pop culture conquered the world, Matt Alt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Tin men -- The revolution will be televised -- Everybody is a star -- Cult of cute -- Plugging in and dropping out -- Empire of the schoolgirls -- A new anime century -- Gaming the world -- The antisocial network -- Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9781984826695
Lccn
2020007250
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1141942239
  • (OCoLC)1141942239

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