Popular Mass Entertainment in Japan: Manga, Pachinko, and Cosplay

  title={Popular Mass Entertainment in Japan: Manga, Pachinko, and Cosplay},
  author={Kinko Ito and Paul A. Crutcher},
The Japanese, just like any other people of the world, love entertainment. In this article we discuss and analyze three kinds of popular, Japanese mass entertainment utilizing a semiotic approach. We are concerned with what and how manga (Japanese comics), pachinko (vertical Japanese pinball machines), and cosplay (costume play) represent and reflect Japanese-ness: its culture, tradition, history, and society. 
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