Japan recast as a <em>konbini</em> state

Dec 17, 2014

Japan recast as a konbini state

by Mika Eglinton

Following its May world premiere in Mannheim, Germany, and a summer spent gathering great reviews from its European tour, “Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich” finally debuted in Japan last week at the Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama. This latest work by cutting-edge playwright-director ...

Silence is golden in art-comedy for all

Dec 17, 2014

Silence is golden in art-comedy for all

by Nobuko Tanaka

“I’ve been drawing pictures for as long as I can remember,” Kentaro Kobayashi said when I asked him how he came to be such a versatile and popular entertainer. Sporting a smart white shirt, the good-looking Yokohama native went on to explain that he ...

'Entrance/Exit' shows the way for new arts fest

Dec 17, 2014

'Entrance/Exit' shows the way for new arts fest

by Natsume Date

Bulging like a half moon out into the Seto Inland Sea from Kyushu’s northeast corner, the Kunisaki Peninsula in Oita Prefecture may be remote and lack rail links to the rest of the country, but since time immemorial it has been a crossroads for ...

Dec 17, 2014

Acchi Cocchi spells festive fun for kids

by Kris Kosaka

Looking for a way to share some Christmas creativity with your children? The nonprofit Acchi Cocchi (Place to Place) holds its third annual Waku Waku (meaning “Exciting”) workshop of Christmas art, music and dance for children at Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama on Dec. ...

Get festive with a legend at Matsuyama's 'Nutcracker'

Dec 10, 2014

Get festive with a legend at Matsuyama's 'Nutcracker'

by Kris Kosaka

Christmas in the ballet world means “The Nutcracker,” and fans in Japan can take their pick from numerous productions of this mistle-toed magic originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and premiered at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Dec. 18, 1892, ...

Real-life Japan caricature cuts to the quick

Dec 10, 2014

Real-life Japan caricature cuts to the quick

by Nobuko Tanaka

Tomohiro Maekawa, the 40-year-old playwright, director and founder of Tokyo’s Ikiume (Buried Alive) theater company, is acclaimed in Japan’s theater world for his groundbreaking sci-fi works sometimes bordering on the surreal. Usually populated by ordinary people such as salarymen and working mothers of around ...

NNTT's 'Don Carlo' adds politics to love

Dec 3, 2014

NNTT's 'Don Carlo' adds politics to love

by Kris Kosaka

Although still only 41, the conductor Pietro Rizzo has already performed close to 50 different opera titles around the world, and he’s now back in Japan with Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo” — his third production for the New National Theatre, Tokyo. According to this ...

For 'Once,' Broadway spurns glitz

Dec 3, 2014

For 'Once,' Broadway spurns glitz

by Lindsay Nelson

Written and directed by John Carney, the award-winning 2006 musical film “Once” — a simple, bittersweet love story set in his hometown of Dublin and featuring wonderful music by co-stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — was perfect on its own. Wouldn’t a Broadway ...