ICJS Event: "Performing Landscapes and Soundscapes of Identities through Contemporary Taiko"

Friday, November 26, 2004
7:00 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 206/207 (access)
This lecture is free and open to the general public, but space may be limited. RSVP is not required: seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Professor Creighton will lecture on her research of modern taiko, as it relates to the rhetoric of nostalgia for the lost home village community (furusato) and its implications in Japan. Traditionally the taiko drums marked the boundaries of a community, delimited by the area the sound if the drums reached. The Earth Celebration on Sado Island is explored in terms of how it fits into a modern tourism craze for remote marginal areas, drawing them into central focus, while creating a forum for "internationalization" on the edge of Japan. The lecture will also consider how marginal groups within Japan, such as Burakumin, have utilized taiko to express their issues, and how taiko had been used to confirm or negotiate as a marker of Asian heritage outside Japan.

About Dr. Millie Creighton

An associate professor of anthropology, and specialist on Japanese Culture and Society, along with Korea, and Asian diaspora communities. Associate Professor-University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B. C., Canada and Visiting Professor 2004-2005-Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. She has numerous publications on these topics, several used for university textbooks, and also for public magazines. She was awarded the Canon Foundation Prize in 1999.

About ICJS

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.