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THEATER

Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 20, 2022
Don’t cancel Russian culture
Refusing to engage with Russian culture will not change President Vladimir Putin's calculations, let alone impel him to withdraw his forces from Ukraine.
Japan Times
JAPAN / New Normal 2.0
Jun 24, 2022
Japan begins return to business-as-usual at big events — but slowly
Recent trials of allowing cheering at soccer games are indicative of the approach toward large events in the coming months: a slow, highly cautious return to some aspects of normalcy.
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CULTURE / Stage
Feb 20, 2022
Theater Commons Tokyo rethinks the 'voices' of performing arts in the COVID era
The festival examines radically different ways of creating and experiencing theater in the context of the pandemic, while also challenging the very idea of what theater can be.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Jan 29, 2022
Yu Shibuya: ‘Creating something from nothing requires a huge effort’
Yu Shibuya made the decision early on in his life to “rescue” modern Japanese culture from crass commercialism. He chose the theater as his weapon.
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JAPAN
Dec 22, 2021
Japanese 'Frozen' voice actress Sayaka Kanda cremated
Actor Masaki Kanda and singer Seiko Matsuda stood side by side dressed in funeral attire as they briefly spoke with the media after the cremation of their only child.
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CULTURE / Stage
Dec 16, 2021
Saitama Gold Theater players take their final bow after 15 years
The theater troupe, founded in 2006 by Yukio Ninagawa with a cast of actors aged 55 and over, will bid farewell with Shogo Ota's nonverbal 1981 masterpiece, “Mizu no Eki.”
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JAPAN
Dec 10, 2021
80% of art professors and award judges in Japan are male, survey shows
The survey highlights the gender imbalance in the field, which some critics say creates 'a hotbed for harassment.'
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Nov 27, 2021
Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, whose work transformed musical theater, dead at 91
Sondheim's quick-witted lyrics made audiences sit up and listen in the 1950s, while his ground-breaking shows in the 70s and 80s thrust the American musical into the modern era.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Oct 28, 2021
Yukiro Dravarious: ‘Before, drag queens were feared. Now, we’re celebrated!’
The TV show “RuPaul's Drag Race” has led to a boom in the popularity of drag that even extends to scenes that focus on both gore and glamour.
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CULTURE / Stage
May 27, 2021
Kabuki actor Kataoka Hidetaro, living national treasure, dies at 79
Hidetaro, who died at his home in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, on Sunday, was born as the second son of the famous kabuki actor Kataoka Nizaemon XIII.
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JAPAN
Mar 24, 2021
80% of workers in Japan's creative industries have been harassed within last decade
Some sexual harassment victims complained of unreasonable requests for nudity, while others said they were pressured to give sexual favors in exchange for jobs.
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BUSINESS
Mar 19, 2021
Despite easing of coronavirus measures, Tokyo restaurants don't see a quick rebound
Restaurants and bars will continue to be asked to close early until the end of March, with the deadline pushed back by an hour to 9 p.m.
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JAPAN
Sep 13, 2020
School for Takarazuka Revue trainees abolishes harassment-like rules
School officials said although they still plan to maintain discipline, they have decided to scrap the rules in consideration of growing awareness over harassment issues.
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CULTURE / Stage
Sep 3, 2020
Toyooka Theater Festival brings French flair to Japan’s theater scene
Dramatist Oriza Hirata's dream of holding Japan's version of the Avignon Festival is becoming a reality with a two-week arts fete starting on Sept. 9.
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JAPAN
Aug 28, 2020
Pioneering stand-up comedian Keiko Utsumi dies at 97
Keiko Utsumi, a pioneering comedian who rose to fame as one half of a female stand-up duo, died of multiple organ failure last weekend, her office said Friday. She was 97.
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JAPAN
Jul 14, 2020
Tokyo urges 800 theatergoers to get tested as virus cluster found
Tokyo health officials appealed on Tuesday for more than 800 theatregoers to get tested for the novel coronavirus after a production starring Japanese boy-band members was found to be the source of at least 37 cases.
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JAPAN
Jul 13, 2020
Tokyo to probe theater cluster infections after 30 cases reported over last week
Sixteen actors, five staff and nine audience members were infected at the theater in Shinjuku Ward between June 30 and July 5.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Feb 22, 2020
Jonah Salz: What's life without the drama?
Theater scholar and director Salz on Beckett, kyogen and teaching in Japan.
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Jan 25, 2020
Hiroko Tanahashi: A journey from film studies to multimedia art
Inspired by manga featuring New York, Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather' and the diversity of Western cities, Hiroko Tanahashi moved to the U.S. and Germany to pursue multimedia arts.
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN?
Nov 30, 2019
Sachiko Hara: Acting on a dream to perform
Using acting techniques inspired by Japanese angura (underground) theater, Sachiko Hara impressed European directors and won her way into German theater.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on