Our wonderful former colleague, Yoko Nishimura-Parke, will present this workshop at the Japan Foundation Sydney on Saturday 12 September.
Japanese through ENKA Music
Ever heard of enka? Anyone who has walked down through downtown drinking alleys in Japan after dark will no doubt recognise the distinctive vibrato and bluesy ballads of enka, the fist-clenchingly sentimental brand of pop song that boomed in post-war Japan.
In this workshop, you will have a chance to:
- explore the unique features of enka and its history
- experience and appreciate enka
- explore changing ideals in Japan by comparing the different types of female imagery found in postwar enka vs contemporary vocaloid music
We welcome all Japanese learners from beginners to advanced levels to join this workshop! This is a rare opportunity to explore Japanese through music!
Find out more about enka and vocaloids! YouTube playlist:Enka Vocaloid
About the presenter Yoko Nishimura-Parke
For 25 years, Yoko has been active in Australian language education as a teacher and senior education officer (NSW Dept of Education); has co-authored two language textbook series and is an experienced presenter in national and international conferences. She is a singer/songwriter. Her music has been used in textbooks and are on rotation on TV and radio.