Japan's artists aim to foster intra-Asia links

Jan 1, 2015

Japan's artists aim to foster intra-Asia links

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The subject of Japan’s position in the world of Asian performing arts has been widely addressed over the past decade, and the new leadership of last year’s Festival/Tokyo — its largest annual performing-arts event — vowed to step up efforts to develop collaborations and ...

2014: New horizons opened up in Japan's theater world

Dec 24, 2014

2014: New horizons opened up in Japan's theater world

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Looking back over the past 12 months in Japan’s theater world, it’s clear that one encouraging trend is a lessening of the capital’s dominance. Contemporary drama in this country has long been centralized on Tokyo, where major theaters plan their programs far in advance, ...

Japan recast as a <em>konbini</em> state

Dec 17, 2014

Japan recast as a konbini state

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Following its May world premiere in Mannheim, Germany, and a summer spent gathering great reviews from its European tour, “Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich” finally debuted in Japan last week at the Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama. This latest work by cutting-edge playwright-director ...

Silence is golden in art-comedy for all

Dec 17, 2014

Silence is golden in art-comedy for all

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“I’ve been drawing pictures for as long as I can remember,” Kentaro Kobayashi said when I asked him how he came to be such a versatile and popular entertainer. Sporting a smart white shirt, the good-looking Yokohama native went on to explain that he ...

'Entrance/Exit' shows the way for new arts fest

Dec 17, 2014

'Entrance/Exit' shows the way for new arts fest

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Bulging like a half moon out into the Seto Inland Sea from Kyushu’s northeast corner, the Kunisaki Peninsula in Oita Prefecture may be remote and lack rail links to the rest of the country, but since time immemorial it has been a crossroads for ...

Dec 17, 2014

Acchi Cocchi spells festive fun for kids

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Looking for a way to share some Christmas creativity with your children? The nonprofit Acchi Cocchi (Place to Place) holds its third annual Waku Waku (meaning “Exciting”) workshop of Christmas art, music and dance for children at Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama on Dec. ...

Get festive with a legend at Matsuyama's 'Nutcracker'

Dec 10, 2014

Get festive with a legend at Matsuyama's 'Nutcracker'

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Christmas in the ballet world means “The Nutcracker,” and fans in Japan can take their pick from numerous productions of this mistle-toed magic originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and premiered at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Dec. 18, 1892, ...

Real-life Japan caricature cuts to the quick

Dec 10, 2014

Real-life Japan caricature cuts to the quick

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Tomohiro Maekawa, the 40-year-old playwright, director and founder of Tokyo’s Ikiume (Buried Alive) theater company, is acclaimed in Japan’s theater world for his groundbreaking sci-fi works sometimes bordering on the surreal. Usually populated by ordinary people such as salarymen and working mothers of around ...