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Tokyo may be Japan’s performing-arts hub, but a growing number of artists are swapping the strictures of its cultural marketplace for the creative and lifestyle benefits of life outside the capital.

For the Osaka-based Ishinha theater company, however, there’s nothing new about that. In fact, since it was founded in 1970 by Yukichi Matsumoto, Ishinha — which loosely translates as “revolutionary or radical change” — has been creating site-specific performances that explore the intersections of urban and rural life and challenge the foundations of theater, art and shared experience.

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