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Title :具象化される童謡・唱歌の世界 : シミュラークルとしての「日本人の心のふるさと」
Title alternative :The realization of the world of Doyo and Shoka : spiritual hometown of the Japanese people as Simulacre
Authors :井手口, 彰典
Authors alternative :Ideguchi, Akinori
Issue Date :30-Mar-2017
Abstract :In modern Japan, Doyo [童謡] (children’s songs, particularly those published after the Taisho period) and Shoka [唱歌] (Japanese traditional school songs) are considered the Spiritual Hometown of the Japanese people. Many books, magazines, and websites treat Doyo and Shoka as nostalgic objects, endangered cultural assets, or important message that should be preserved for future generations. Most importantly, the lyrically portrayed scenes of Doyo and Shoka tend to be connected to the actual landscapes or the people who lived in the specific places. For example, what is the mountain named “Kano Yama” (that mountain) in the lyrics of the song Furusato [故郷]? And who is the girl in red shoes described in the song Akai Kutsu [赤い靴]? Such discourses assign specific historical or geographical spaces to the scenes in the songs, and they sometimes encourage us to visit the places to find our Spiritual Hometown. However, as argued in this paper, the connections between the songs and real places are not concrete because they often are based on unverifiable or arbitrary suppositions. The question is: Why do we work so hard to link abstract lyrical worlds to real places without sufficient proof? The answer might be that we want to secure and bless our Spiritual Hometown, which is likely to be lost over time. Through our efforts to realize the scenes portrayed in songs, we actually drag out the INDEX of the Spiritual Hometown into our physical spaces. However, this INDEX is not very compatible with our individual life histories. The author, born and raised in Hiroshima Prefecture, has no relationship to the INDEX of “Kano Yama”, which is believed to be located in Nagano Prefecture. Yet, most of us accept such INDEXs as things that lead us to our Spiritual Hometown. In that sense, the INDEX is like simulacre, imitations made to conform to indeterminate images appropriate to the subject.
Type Local :紀要論文
ISSN :09142355
Publisher :鹿児島国際大学附置地域総合研究所
Citation :地域総合研究 Vol.44 no.2 p.25 -36
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