Tag - theater



Japan Times
Jun 16, 2018
Ken Watanabe: Japan's flag-bearer in the world of entertainment
Ahead of the opening of 'The King and I' in London on June 21, the award-winning actor calls on young Japanese to step outside their comfort zone.
Japan Times
May 22, 2018
New National Theater, Tokyo, stuns with a bold interpretation of Beethoven's 'Fidelio'
When Ludwig van Beethoven dipped his toe into the world of opera in the early 19th century, the composer may have had the concept of freedom on his mind.
Japan Times
Mar 28, 2018
From Tohoku to Tokyo, Acchi Cocchi NPO offers healing through art
Acchi Cocchi brings music, dance and the visual arts into everyday life in Tohoku and the greater Tokyo area.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Mar 3, 2018
Japan's famed Takarazuka Revue adds a touch of Taiwan for next tour there
The all-women Takarazuka Revue musical troupe says its Star Troupe will unveil a production inspired by a Taiwanese puppet show during its third tour of the island nation later this year.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2018
Chiaki Soma puts on a not-so-common theater festival
In the world of Japanese contemporary drama, the action often takes place offstage as well as on.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2017
Diego Pellecchia: When heavy metal and noh collide
Noh scholar and practitioner talks about what noh, heavy metal and fantasy literature have in common.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 12, 2017
Trump-like 'Julius Caesar' production prompts Delta, Bank of America to pull sponsorship
Delta Air Lines and Bank of America pulled financial support on Sunday for the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Julius Caesar" in New York over its portrayal of the assassinated ancient Roman leader that resembles U.S. President Donald Trump.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2017
Ginza's new noh theater seeks to break down cultural barriers
The Kanze Noh Theater reopened in April in Ginza Six, a new upscale shopping complex in central Tokyo that seeks to attract domestic and foreign audiences to a wide range of the country's traditional performing arts.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2017
Japan NPO brings movies to kids in developing countries
A nonprofit organization is aiming to give children in developing countries a chance to enjoy films by hosting screenings in places where movies are a rarity.
Apr 11, 2017
Acrobat dies after fall during Disney rehearsal
An acrobatic performer preparing for a show at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, died on Monday after falling from wires hung about 10 meters above a theater stage, police said.
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2017
Samurai drama to put unique spin on evolution of theater
Japanese audiences will soon join those in Holland as the only people in the world with access to a theater whose seating area rotates to face a ring of multiple stages.
Japan Times
Nov 24, 2016
A golden age of theater for Japan's seniors
At the age of 91, Saitama resident Izumi Noguchi is speaking at his first press conference — at least as an actor anyway.
Japan Times
Sep 18, 2016
Londoner finds her voice on the Tokyo stage
Originally setting out to be a Japanese voice actress, Reina has arrived at a destination she had not foreseen, a place where outside voices are rarely heard.
Sep 14, 2016
Women stage nude production of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' in Brooklyn
To be clothed, or not to be clothed? That was a no-brainer for members of an all-female cast in Brooklyn who stripped down to celebrate their freedom of expression in a nude version of Shakespeare in the park.
Japan Times
May 13, 2016
World was a stage for acclaimed theater director Yukio Ninagawa
Acclaimed stage director Yukio Ninagawa was a titan of global theater but his hand felt astonishingly fragile when I shook it in delight in 2012 after the world premiere of "Trojan Women," which brought together a remarkable ensemble of Japanese, Arab-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli actors.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2016
An English director teams up with a kabuki star to retell a timeless tale of heartbreak in 'Eternal Chikamatsu'
English director David Leveaux has been a jewel in the crown of Japanese theater since 1988, when he first came here as a pinch-hitter after a compatriot pulled out of directing a Tokyo production of "Dangerous Liaisons." A 13-year stint as artistic director of the innovative Theatre Project Tokyo company...
Japan Times
Feb 23, 2016
Kyoto Experiment goes from strength to strength
“It may be wrong to mix different wines, but old and new wisdom make an excellent mixture." So claims The Singer in Bertolt Brecht's 1944 play, "The Caucasian Chalk Circle."
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Feb 3, 2016
Could an aging population save Japan's independent cinemas?
Only a few years ago, movie industry pundits sighed and said that cinema was dead (again), and that streaming networks would soon sweep that corpse aside.
Japan Times
Jan 28, 2016
Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song
The world of opera has always found inspiration in the works of William Shakespeare, but adapting them for the stage requires flexibility.
Japan Times
Jan 26, 2016
Theater academy pulls no punches
In a rehearsal studio at the Za-Koenji theater in west-central Tokyo's Koenji district, trainee actress Yuuhi Suenobu was striving to act the role of a frightened young woman wandering aimlessly in a chaotic wasteland with her injured mother.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan