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Mansai Nomura is the leading star of kyogen (Japan’s traditional comedy theater), but this 41-year-old who made his stage debut at age 3 has several other artistic faces, having acted in films, TV dramas and in contemporary theater dramas, too.

It was because of his experience in such collaborative works that, in 2002, Nomura was — to the surprise (and delight) of many in view of his tradition-based roots — appointed artistic director of the forward-looking Setagaya Public Theatre (SEPT) in Tokyo’s Sangenjaya district.

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