• Kyodo


Theater Douke, a troupe based in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, will stage a play that depicts the lives of Koreans who survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki at theaters in Seoul and two other South Korean cities, starting Thursday.

“Nagasaki’s Graffiti,” based on a screenplay written by Rin Izumi, is set in 1970s Nagasaki. In the play, Japanese junior high school students learn about the lives of Korean atomic bomb survivors and their children through exchanges with a South Korean boy.

The troupe interviewed a few dozen Korean survivors of the bombing in 2001 in preparation for the play, which debuted the following year.

Douke is a 40-year-old theater group specializing in children’s plays. It has performed in schools across Japan and in South Korea and Thailand.

Its leader, Shogo Shinozaki, 46, said he wants young South Koreans who may not know about the horrors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to see the play.

The troupe will perform in Seoul, Geochang and Pusan through Aug. 18.

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