One of the works that will be performed at Kyoto Experiment is “The Window of Spaceship ‘In-Between’” by the Chelfitsch theater company. The play questions what the Japanese language is today from a plurality of perspectives.
Sep 29, 2023
Kyoto Experiment explores fluidity of culture with performance works
The lineup for the international performing arts festival features 11 works from countries such as Brazil, Australia, Thailand and Hong Kong.
The cast of Chelfitsch’s play “The Window of Spaceship ‘In-Between’” includes individuals with different levels of Japanese-language proficiency. They participated in workshops hosted by the theater company to promote more inclusivity in Japanese theater.
Sep 29, 2023
Chelfitsch challenges Japanese theater's language barriers
The theater company questions the status quo of the Japanese stage by casting non-native speakers in new project, 'The Window of Spaceship "In-Between."'
Ichikawa Eno and his son Ichikawa Chusha, the actor now known as Teruyuki Kagawa, attend a news conference in Tokyo in 2011.
Sep 16, 2023
Ichikawa Eno, founder of 'Super Kabuki,' dies at 83
Ichikawa Eno, who combined Kabuki traditional elements with modern theater technology, has died of arrhythmia in Tokyo. He was 83.
Cuban American soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as Violetta in a restaging of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” directed by Sofia Coppola in her opera directing debut in 2016
Sep 8, 2023
Rome Opera's tragic heroes resonate in modern times
For its Japan tour, the company will perform lavish productions of "La Traviata," directed by Sofia Coppola, and "Tosca," by Franco Zeffirelli.
Non-Japanese residents make up over 8% of the population of Kani, Gifu Prefecture, making it one of the country's most multicultural cities.
Sep 7, 2023
Kani residents take to the stage to promote cultural empathy
One of the most multicultural cities in Japan is using the theater to try and address common cultural misconceptions.
Director Dean Johnson wanted to strip back the staging of “Once – In Concert” in a way that honored the film. The production had a limited run at the London Palladium earlier this year and Johnson notes the Tokyu Orb Theater has a similar set up.
Jul 31, 2023
'Once' speaks the universal languages of music and love
Award-winning Irish theatrical production brings its dry wit and catchy songs to Tokyo for a midsummer musical experience.
Cincinnati Opera’s new production of “Madame Butterfly,” directed by Matthew Ozawa, frames the action as a virtual-reality fantasy of Japan.
Jul 27, 2023
Reimagining ‘Madame Butterfly,’ with Asian creators at the helm
As opera houses rework Puccini’s classic, criticized for stereotypes about women and Japanese culture, artists of Asian descent are playing a central role.


Yoshiko Koide sits in a classroom at Nagoya College where she teaches a Japanese-language observation seminar.
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