The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe

Film | Wide Angle Aug 5, 2015

The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe

by Kaori Shoji

"Chushingura,"the 18th-century tale of the 47 ronin, is one of Japan's most beloved historical legends. And once again it has become fodder for a flashy Hollywood movie, this time called "Last Knights," starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, and directed by none other than ...

Komanosuke Takemoto: a rare voice of tradition

Stage Jan 22, 2014

Komanosuke Takemoto: a rare voice of tradition

by Ayako Takahashi

The traditional performing art of bunraku (ningyō jōruri) involves three puppeteers together operating a cast of single puppets, with a gidayū bushi to the side comprising a story-teller (tayū) and a shamisen player (shamisen- hiki) seated on a round platform (yuka). Originally, the gidayū bushi ...