Love is complex enough at the best of times, but when it crosses cultural borders, things can get really confusing. Opening April 24 at the Shimokitazawa Geki Shogekijo is “John-kun and Yoko-chan,” a play co-written by American Michael Naishtut and Japanese Yoko Narahashi that takes a seriocomic look at the trials of cultural misunderstanding and the triumph of true love.

The play is set in Tokyo, where John has come to learn sushi-making so he can set up a kaiten-zushi shop in New York. Yoko is a young, modern-minded Tokyo girl who works as a freeta but dreams of becoming a kindergarten teacher.

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