Archive for the ‘theater’ Category

The epic novel Nansō Satomi Hakkenden was written by Kyokutei Bakin in the 1800s and is 106 volumes long.  Sometimes known in English as The Tale of Eight Dogs, it tells the story of eight samurai half-brothers who are all descended from the same dog and, consequently, all have the character for ‘dog’ in their […]

Over the weekend I went to see the Gekidan Chaukachawan — an amateur theater group made up of Osaka University students — perform their latest production,      十人トイレ.   十人トイレ, which can very loosely be translated as 10 People and a Toilet, is a title that puns on the classic Japanese saying 十人十色, or “ten people, […]

The other night before my winter break started, I went to see the Shirokuma Theatre at Rain Dogs with Marié and friends. What is Shirokuma Theatre, you ask? Shirokuma is ‘polar bear’ in Japanese, but I much prefer the literal translation: “white bear”. White Bear Theatre turned out to be a kind of musical revue […]

Adam Frank studies avant-garde poetry and teaches at the University of British Columbia, and he recently came to Japan to give a presentation at the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. According to the WFAE website, “Our members represent a multi-disciplinary spectrum of individuals engaged in the study of the social, cultural and ecological aspects of […]

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Paul and I stayed at the Tokyu Excel Shibuya, 24th floor, with an unparalleled view of the city. Spending so much time so high above the streets of Tokyo made me start to feel quiet and abstracted, the same feeling that I get when I’m standing in front of a Gursky print. The somatic experience […]

I thought I was prepared for Takarazuka, but in truth, I wasn’t. Sometime in the middle of May, my friend Julia Cho and her husband Ed came to stay with me during a grant-funded trip through Japan for the purpose of researching popular forms of Japanese art and culture that, in one way or another, […]

The Gion district of Kyoto is Kyoto’s “best known geisha quarter.” Located in Eastern Kyoto, home of some of Kyoto’s oldest and most well-known temples and shrines, the Gion district runs along both banks of the Kamogawa, the river that historically brings life to Kyoto, but also flooding and plagues. Yasaka Shrine, formerly known as […]