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:

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. ...

Summit spotlights school dramatists

Mar 25, 2015

Summit spotlights school dramatists

“Diversity is the outstanding attraction of high school drama, so I’m always appreciating afresh theater’s myriad charms,” the prominent director Keisuke Tanaka said with a beaming smile during a recent interview ahead of the fifth annual High School Drama Summit at Tokyo’s leading Agora ...

Psycho-drama mystery tests Tani's 'pop' principles

Mar 18, 2015

Psycho-drama mystery tests Tani's 'pop' principles

“Probably nobody ever got involved with theater the way I did,” Kenichi Tani said with a laugh, explaining that because his teachers at school were “really boring” he set his sights on becoming an interesting teacher in the future. “So I often skipped classes ...

'Titanic' set to sail into Japanese hearts

Mar 11, 2015

'Titanic' set to sail into Japanese hearts

English director Thom Southerland’s reworking of the megahit Broadway musical “Titanic” was an instant sensation when it opened in August 2013 at the popular midsize Southwark Playhouse in a trendy part of South London by the River Thames. With its whole run a sellout, ...

John Caird delivers home truths with 'Twelfth Night'

Mar 4, 2015

John Caird delivers home truths with 'Twelfth Night'

As an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, John Caird may be one of the leading pillars of the English theater establishment, but in a recent interview with The Japan Times, this acclaimed director of plays, musicals and opera declared, “In a ...