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Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

Stage Aug 6, 2019

Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

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 ...

Bringing opera to Tokyo 2020

Stage | CULTURE NOTES Jul 25, 2019

Bringing opera to Tokyo 2020

by Chiho Iuchi

Among the many absurdist opera stories in existence, nothing is more preposterous than the happy ending generally used for Giacomo Puccini's final opera "Turandot," in which Princess Turandot suddenly accepts Prince Calaf's wooing right after the suicide of Liu, a slave, as if her ...

Capturing Haruki Murakami's 'eccentric atmosphere'

Stage Jul 23, 2019

Capturing Haruki Murakami's 'eccentric atmosphere'

by Yukari Tanaka

"As a university student, I never even imagined that I could be an actor. Because, to me, they only existed on screen," says Yuki Furukawa. Now a well-established actor, Furukawa is largely known for his portrayal of Naoki Irie in "Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo," ...