- 学苑 = Gakuen (ISSN:13480103)
- no.928, pp.75-86, 2018-02-01
This paper introduces and analyzes accounts of young women’s skill at playing koto, shamisen, and piano that appeared in the women’s magazine Fujingaho between 1926 to 1940. The analysis suggests that, whereas in the Taisho period, young ladies (reijo [令嬢])were encouraged to develop their taste in a number of kinds of Japanese traditional and Western music rather than focusing on just a few kinds and attaining a deeper understanding of the few they had chosen, in the early Showa period, modern Western culture was increasingly accepted as prestigious, and young Japanese women’s taste in music came to be seen as a part of their training to be good brides, but at the same time Japanese nationalism that emphasized “Japanese-ness” also came to the fore. The author concludes that, though further research is needed to confirm this, by the time people began to think that acquiring skills through hobbies was a useful component of bridal training, a new prototype of what young women should be had emerged.