Festival/Tokyo speaks with a defiant voice

Stage Oct 6, 2016

Festival/Tokyo speaks with a defiant voice

by Nobuko Tanaka

Press conferences are usually upbeat affairs, but at the one held to herald Festival/Tokyo — a two-month theater festival that kicks off Oct. 15 — Artistic Director Sachio Ichimura appears looking worried and begins proceedings by bemoaning the event's financial situation and wondering aloud ...

No-frills dramatist casts Japan in a different light

Stage Feb 11, 2015

No-frills dramatist casts Japan in a different light

by Nobuko Tanaka

The title of Yudai Kamisato's new work "+51 Aviacíon, San Borja" references his grandmother's address in Lima and the international telephone dialling code of Peru — but that only hints at the unusually cosmopolitan background of this 32-year-old Japanese playwright and director who also ...

Japan's artists aim to foster intra-Asia links

Stage Jan 1, 2015

Japan's artists aim to foster intra-Asia links

by Mika Eglinton

The subject of Japan's position in the world of Asian performing arts has been widely addressed over the past decade, and the new leadership of last year's Festival/Tokyo — its largest annual performing-arts event — vowed to step up efforts to develop collaborations and ...

Reader Mail Dec 11, 2008

More serious violations out there

Regarding Grant Mahood's Dec. 7 letter, "Fingerprinting law is unjust": Since the new guidelines on fingerprinting foreigners at Japanese ports of entry were issued (November 2007), we have seen discussions for and against them in various forums, including The Japan Times. Some have ...

Reader Mail Nov 6, 2008

The right to express oneself

The effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin hanging by the neck at a West Hollywood home as a Halloween display, though somewhat tasteless, was checked out by the U.S. Secret Service and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. And according to The ...