Kyogen actor, four others chosen for culture awards

Kyodo News

The government decided Friday to give the Order of Culture award to five people, including “kyogen” actor Shigeyama Sensaku, and designated 15 people as Persons of Cultural Merits for their contributions to the fields of culture and science.

The four other recipients of the top culture award were Tokindo Okada, professor emeritus of development biology at Kyoto University, Koji Nakanishi, professor emeritus of organic chemistry at Columbia University, sculptor Shinya Nakamura, and Akira Mikazuki, professor emeritus of judicial studies at the University of Tokyo.

The Order of Culture will be presented on Nov. 3, Culture Day, at the Imperial Palace. The Persons of Cultural Merits will be honored Nov. 5 at a Tokyo hotel, the government said.

Recipients of the Persons of Cultural Merits award included actor Tatsuya Nakadai, 74, novelist Nanami Shiono, 70, and transplant surgeon Yasunaru Kawashima, 77.

Nakadai starred in many movies, including “Human Conditions,” and in films by director Akira Kurosawa. He also trained young actors at a school he hosted for more than 30 years.