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In an effort to reach a broader audience ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Japan’s National Theatre is accommodating international guests of traditional kabuki performances by using in-show commentary and English subtitles.

On a day during the early summer rainy season, the venue was crowded with visitors from overseas and international students who came for a show specifically designed for non-native speakers of Japanese or those with no knowledge of the language at all.

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