The Resource The fourth string : a memoir of sensei and me, Janet Pocorobba., (ebook)

The fourth string : a memoir of sensei and me, Janet Pocorobba., (ebook)

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The fourth string : a memoir of sensei and me
Title
The fourth string
Title remainder
a memoir of sensei and me
Statement of responsibility
Janet Pocorobba.
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
The word sensei in Japanese literally means "one who came before," but that's not what Janet Pocorobba's teacher wanted to be called. She used her first name, Western-style. She wore a velour Beatles cap and leather jacket, and she taught foreigners, in English, the three-stringed shamisen, an instrument that fell out of tune as soon as you started to play it. Vexed by the music and Sensei's mission to upend an elite musical system, Pocorobba, on the cusp of thirty, gives up her return ticket home to become a lifelong student of her teacher. She is eventually featured in Japan Cosmo as one of the most accomplished gaijin, "outside people," to play the instrument. Part memoir, part biography of her Sensei, The Fourth String looks back on the initial few years of that apprenticeship, one that Janet's own female English students advised her was "wife training," steeped in obedience, loyalty, and duty. Even with her maverick teacher, group hierarchies, obscure traditions, and the tricky spaces of silence in Japanese life challenge Janet. Anmoku ryokai, Sensei says to explain: "We have to understand without saying." By the time Janet finds out this life might not be for her, she is more at home in the music than the Japanese will allow. For anyone who has had a special teacher, or has lost themselves in another world, Janet Pocorobba asks questions about culture, learning, tradition, and self. As Gish Jen has said of The Fourth String, "What does it mean to be taught? To be transformed?"
Cataloging source
Midwest
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Pocorobba, Janet
Dewey number
787.8/5092
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Pocorobba, Janet
  • Shamisen
  • Music
  • Electronic books
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adult
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The fourth string : a memoir of sensei and me, Janet Pocorobba., (ebook)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781611729344
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
Publisher number
MWT12308608
Specific material designation
remote
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MWT12308608
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The fourth string : a memoir of sensei and me, Janet Pocorobba., (ebook)
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781611729344
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12308608
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
MWT12308608
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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