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Under its new 65-year-old director, Sachio Ichimura, who replaced respected 39-year-old Chiaki Soma in a shock move in March, Festival/Tokyo 2014 adopted “border play” as its catchphrase.

Running through November in and around Ikebukuro, Japan’s biggest annual performing-arts event comprised 30 theater, dance and film works, a symposium and talks — in all of which “diversity” was Ichimura’s declared aim.

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