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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:
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Mar 24, 2022
'Blood Brothers' tells a tangled tale of nature versus nurture
Actors Hayato Kakizawa and Eiji Wentz play twins whose vastly different social circumstances result in tragedy in the all-Japanese version of Willy Russell's West End hit musical.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Dec 16, 2021
Saitama Gold Theater players take their final bow after 15 years
The theater troupe, founded in 2006 by Yukio Ninagawa with a cast of actors aged 55 and over, will bid farewell with Shogo Otau2019s nonverbal 1981 masterpiece, u201cMizu no Eki.u201d
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Nov 11, 2021
‘The Doctor’ diagnoses society’s afflictions
Veteran actress Shinobu Otake takes on the role of Dr. Ruth Wolff, a Jewish physician, and tackles modern ills in a Japanese production of Robert Icke's latest work.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 30, 2021
New opera ‘Yuzuru’ cautions against the dangers of capitalism
For his first foray into opera, dramatist Toshiki Okada is modernizing a Japanese classic, centering it on "the damaging influence of capitalism" instead of a tragic love story.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 16, 2021
Rena Matsui tackles Shakespeare in an all-female 'Julius Caesar'
The former idol-pop star takes on the role of Mark Antony in a version of Shakespeare's tragedy that focuses on the tense disputes that arose around Julius Caesar's assassination.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 8, 2021
Cameron Mackintosh's all-Japanese 'Oliver!' will have you asking for more
"Youu2019ll leave the theater with a smile on your face and joy in your heart," says theater titan Cameron Mackintosh of his latest production.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Aug 26, 2021
Family drama hits close to home for Keito Okamoto
The former Hey! Say! Jump member makes his stage debut opposite his father in u201cThe Son,u201d a play about a complex father-son relationship.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jun 20, 2021
Obscured truths come to light in Hideki Noda’s ‘Fakespeare’
William Shakespeare is one of the world’s most influential playwrights, but his life continues to be shrouded in mystery. Since his death in 1616 at the age of 52, no handwritten manuscripts have ever surfaced, and even his six supposed signatures all spell his name differently.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jun 18, 2021
Israel Galvan renews the passion of a long love affair
Flamenco — the exuberant dance form originating from Andalusia in southern Spain — has long thrived in Japan, with many of the greats traveling here to perform. There is even a popular claim that Japan has more flamenco academies than Spain.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jun 3, 2021
A take on ‘The Tempest’ that aims to broaden your horizons
u201cThe Tempest: Swimming for Beginnersu201d incorporates the real-life experiences of its cast members with disabilities, as well as the challenges of living through a pandemic.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Feb 18, 2021
'Yabuhara Kengyo' shows audiences that justice isn't always blind
Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV takes on the role of Suginoichi, the cunning antihero of Hisashi Inoue's play about social oppression.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Feb 10, 2021
Secrets of the Oslo Accords come to light on stage
Playwright J.T. Rogers' drama about the clandestine negotiations that led to the historic agreements reveals what went on behind the scenes.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jan 27, 2021
Expect revivals and VR from the stage as theater continues to deal with the coronavirus
In his 1964 anthem, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Bob Dylan sings: “As the present now / Will later be past / The order is rapidly fadin’...”
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Nov 18, 2020
‘Knife’ critiques human nature through mime and dance
Choreographer Shuji Onodera was given total artistic freedom to create his adaption of Guy de Maupassantu2019s u201cBoule de Suifu201d with a multicultural cast.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 22, 2020
Contemporary performing arts festival stays open to new possibilities despite COVID-19
Festival/Tokyo, known for its focus on young artists and edgy productions, has shifted the annual festival's emphasis from live performances to online ones.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 14, 2020
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ conjures dark fantasies
Director Silviu Purcarete reveals the murky and bizarre aspects of humanity in a modern adaptation of Shakespeareu2019s comedy about love and magic.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Sep 11, 2020
'Twelve Angry Men': 1950s courtroom drama about confronting prejudice still rings true
Director Lindsay Posner hopes his staging of u201cTwelve Angry Menu201d in Tokyo will make audiences assess how their attitudes affect their perceptions.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Sep 3, 2020
Toyooka Theater Festival brings French flair to Japan’s theater scene
Dramatist Oriza Hiratau2019s dream of holding Japanu2019s version of the Avignon Festival is becoming a reality with a two-week arts fete starting on Sept. 9.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jul 17, 2020
To be (online) or not to be (online), that is the question for Japan's theaters
Two dramatists have opposing views on the theater worldu2019s approach to dealing with the pandemic.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jul 10, 2020
Live stage performances are taking roads less traveled with trucks and virtual reality
Theater companies are finding new ways to continue live shows for audiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic by performing out of trucks or turning to virtual reality.

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