Performing Arts Network Japan is a Website dedicated to disseminating information about the stimulating and highly diverse Japanese performing arts scene. And, with an eye to the international performing arts scene, each month we will also introduce presenters who are presently active on the international stage.
The Japan Foundation has previously published English language introductions to drama and dance artists in Theater Japan (1989 and 1993), and an organized survey of the genres of contemporary theater, contemporary dance, butoh, contemporary music, and popular music, in Performing Arts Now in Japan (1995). We also presented the most up-to-date information on the Japan Performing Arts Net Website during 1997-2003 to provide a view of trends in Japanese performing arts.
We sincerely hope that these efforts and this brand new project of Performing Arts Network Japan will contribute to the promotion of international exchange in the performing arts.
Published by the Japan Foundation
Edited by Institute for The Arts
Editor in chief: Eiko Tsuboike
Design: Kazuhiko Inoue
English translation: Robert Reed
About “Modern Drama Briefs 100”
The “Japanese Drama Database” on this website is based on the "Modern Drama Briefs 100" project produced in association with the Japan Playwrights Association and the Japan Foundation.
Production: Japan Playwrights Association, the Japan Foundation
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (2003)
Selection Committee: Minoru Betsuyaku, Yoshio Ozasa, Ren Saito
Editor of the English Translation: Mari Boyd
Japanese Editor: Ryoko Kawabata
Collaborators: Tetsu Arai, Akiko Asai, Maki Ito, Yukako Ito, Makoto Katsura,Hiromi Ohashi, Masaaki Okuno, Roba Shimori, Miyuki Tanase
Translators: Farah Ali, Mari Boyd, Gavin Fryer, Daniel Gallimore, Yukiko Ito, Shoko Iwata, John D. Swain
This month’s front page photographs:
Works of Takuya Murakawa
Zeitgeber Photo: Ryohei Tomita, Hideto Maezawa
Everett Ghost Lines Photo: Takashi Horikawa
Fools speak while wise men listen
Moonlight Photo: Kai Maetani
Works of Kuro Tanino
Takonyudo boukyaku no gi Photo: Yoshikazu
The Dark Master Photo: Takashi Horikawa
Egao no Toride (Recreation) Photo: Takashi Horikawa
Jigokudani Onsen, Mumyo no Yado Photos: Shinsuke Sugino
M Project MOON Photo: Chiye Namegai
The Dark Master VR Photo: Keizo Maeda (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre)
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