At the age of 91, Saitama resident Izumi Noguchi is speaking at his first press conference — at least as an actor anyway.

"When I saw an advert in April inviting anyone aged 60 or older to audition for a new project called 10,000 Gold Theater, I just felt like challenging myself to do something I'd never had a chance to try before," he says.

Noguchi is the oldest person to join the 10,000 Gold Theater ensemble, which will debut the production "Gold Symphony, my dream, your dream" at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City on Dec. 7.