Nobuko Tanaka

Nobuko Tanaka is a stage writer who has regularly contributed contemporary theater and dance articles to The Japan Times since 2001. She also writes for several Japanese and overseas magazines and web sites. As a promoter, she takes Japanese artists to foreign theater festivals.

For Nobuko Tanaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

New 'Troilus and Cressida' looks like it's making history

Jul 21, 2015

New 'Troilus and Cressida' looks like it's making history

Renowned as a problem play due to its tangled ambiguities and a storyline that cries out for a catharsis, “Troilus and Cressida” is among the most rarely staged of William Shakespeare’s 37 plays. In Japan, other than Yukio Ninagawa’s all-male 2012 production, whose spectacular ...

Young British directors take Tokyo by storm — but why?

Jun 23, 2015

Young British directors take Tokyo by storm — but why?

This year it’s quite noticeable how many non-Japanese are directing plays in Tokyo — not frequent and famed visitors such as David Leveaux, Robert Lepage and Simon McBurney, but relative unknowns here making their debuts at two leading large commercial theaters that almost always ...

'Newcomer,' 56, wins Kishida

May 26, 2015

'Newcomer,' 56, wins Kishida

Named after a prominent early 20th-century playwright, author and translator, and presented annually by the Hakusuisha publishing house since 1955, the Kishida Kunio Drama Award is indisputably Japan’s top honor for writers of plays premiered the year before. As the same person can only ...

Dramatist brings citizens of all ages together

May 2, 2015

Dramatist brings citizens of all ages together

Public theaters across the country are holding significantly more community productions and workshops aimed at local residents who are looking to get involved in performance art. Undoubtedly that’s in part thanks to the pioneering work of the nation’s leading dramatist on the world stage, ...

TACT serves up some fantastical holiday fare

Apr 28, 2015

TACT serves up some fantastical holiday fare

If you’re so busy wondering how to spend the upcoming Golden Week holiday that you can hardly sleep, why not simply go and enjoy the TACT/Festival at TMET (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre) in Ikebukuro — where you can count sheep, too, if you want. Following ...

Shizuoka blooms with culture at theater event

Apr 16, 2015

Shizuoka blooms with culture at theater event

With sunlight dappling fresh green leaves, flowers in bloom and birds singing, spring and early summer is when Europeans leave their homes to enjoy the arts at great annual events such as Germany’s Theatertreffen and France’s Avignon Festival. In contrast, though spring in Japan ...

'Tenimyu' 2.5-D shows net over 2 million tickets sold

Mar 31, 2015

'Tenimyu' 2.5-D shows net over 2 million tickets sold

There’s kabuki, noh, butoh, bunraku, regular plays, glitzy musicals and Japan’s unique all-female Takarazuka musical theater troupe — but another home-grown performance-art genre has for some time been carving a niche in this country’s diverse entertainment world in the shape of so-called 2.5-D musicals. ...