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:

TPAM's magic happens in front of and behind the curtain

Feb 8, 2018

TPAM's magic happens in front of and behind the curtain

Back in 1995, some of the movers and shakers of the domestic theater scene got together at various venues around the capital for an event called the Tokyo Performing Arts Market. The aim was simple: connect up-and-coming Japanese artists to the producers and theater ...

Dramatist Oriza Hirata has a vision for theater

Jan 11, 2018

Dramatist Oriza Hirata has a vision for theater

Travel around around 150 km northwest from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto and another, far more peaceful world awaits in the compact onsen (hot-spring) town of Kinosaki nestled on the Sea of Japan coast in a quiet corner of the largely rural city ...

Japan's theater world increasingly shed its insularities in 2017

Dec 19, 2017

Japan's theater world increasingly shed its insularities in 2017

Never mind those North Korean missiles that provide politicians with heaven-sent pretexts to posture. These days, everyone's talking about a boozy party held by Mongolian sumo wrestlers that turned violent reportedly because of a generational dispute over the arcane traditions of Japan's highly regimented ...

A year filled with standing ovations

Dec 19, 2017

A year filled with standing ovations

While 2017 featured many great stage productions and performances, these were among the standouts: 'Wasureru Nihonjin' ('The Japanese Who Forget') Chiten Watching this latest work by the wonderfully gifted young playwright Shuntaro Matsubara felt like being swept along in a flood of insightful observations about Japanese people ...

An outside perspective may be just what the Japanese stage needs

Dec 19, 2017

An outside perspective may be just what the Japanese stage needs

There aren't many non-Japanese people working in the world of Japanese theater. That's a shame, because often an outside perspective can help spot weaknesses that the majority aren't able to see. The Japan Times sought out some of these outside perspectives to get a sense ...