Tohoku school's plays tell how it is

Mar 19, 2014

Tohoku school's plays tell how it is

by Nobuko Tanaka

“We always start creating our next work by having a meeting with everyone involved in the drama club,” high school teacher Michiko Ishii explained. “We discuss what is actually happening around us and what we should focus on in the next play. So, what ...

ABT brings 'magical moments' to Japan

Feb 19, 2014

ABT brings 'magical moments' to Japan

by Nobuko Tanaka

Last August, with summer sweltering the city, I met Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews, two soloists from the New York-based American Ballet Theatre, one of the word’s top-four classical companies along with the Royal Ballet in London, Paris Opera Ballet and the Bolshoi in ...

Young K-Ballet School dancers get set for the big time

Feb 19, 2014

Young K-Ballet School dancers get set for the big time

by Nobuko Tanaka

The splendid news about two Japanese high school students’ outstanding achievement swept around the world this month. Not only did 17-year-old Haruo Niyama from Nagano Prefecture win first prize at the super-prestigious annual Prix de Lausanne competition for young amateur classical ballet dancers, but ...

Twice as nice: 'The Full Monty' and Peeping Tom

Jan 29, 2014

Twice as nice: 'The Full Monty' and Peeping Tom

by Nobuko Tanaka

“I love the original ‘Full Monty’ movie, and I think Robert Carlyle is brilliant as the central character — a loser who overcomes the odds against him. In fact it’s his portrayal that inspired me to tackle the role as my live-acting debut — ...

Workshops for theater — and life

Jan 22, 2014

Workshops for theater — and life

by Nobuko Tanaka

“When I worked in an office, I was always nervous and I tensed up a lot just trying to behave correctly. But since coming to these workshops, I often feel like communicating with others spontaneously, of my own free will.” Speaking after an arduous, ...

Miura's sex 'Whirlpool' wows a bashful Paris

Dec 18, 2013

Miura's sex 'Whirlpool' wows a bashful Paris

by Bronwyn Mahoney

Looking around before “Ai no Uzu” began, there was an almost palpable anticipation ahead of our plunge into the realm of young Japanese people’s sex lives. What to talk about while waiting for the orgy to begin? The excitement was less to do with ...