From reading Blue Nippon, discordance seems to play an integral role in the Japanese jazz scene. As the author points out, this wild display of “spontaneity, soul, ecstasy, and fun” appears to be oxymoronic to a typical foreigner’s conception of Japanese culture. Blue Nippon makes an implicit reference to this cacophony as a reaction to mainstream Japanese culture, which is described as “a jaded, materialistic society in advanced stages of moral decline.” To what degree is this artistic protest effective and reflective of a culture in crisis? What can we, as foreigners, infer about Japanese pop culture from studying subcultural deviance? On a similar note, how is the use of cacophony related to the message of the Rubber Tit performance?
cacophony as a response to pop culture