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Genealogy of Famous Actors

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 To what extent do the fabulous depictions of kabuki actors in ukiyo-e prints actually resemble the performers themselves? And how were kabuki and other traditional arts shaped by encroaching Westernization in the 19th…

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Dancing, Passing, & Landing

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 Contemporary dance becomes a family affair when emerging talent Fukiko Takase performs with her mother’s Takase Takako Dance Gallery group. Currently a member of London’s vaunted Henri Oguike Dance Company, Fukiko (above) has…

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Asa Ai Nuno

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 After earning a masters in international relations from Columbia University, Tatz Miki turned his attention to… ai zome, Japan’s traditional art of indigo dye. The grandson of a prime minister from Shikoku island,…

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La Scala Milan

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 Milan’s venerable La Scala arrives for an extensive tour in which the company—plus 100 extras hired in Tokyo—will perform two landmark works by a composer who is indelibly associated with the opera house….

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