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2008.7.22
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10th edition of “Half a Century of Japanese Theater” published
 The 10th volume of the “Half a Century of Japanese Theater” series of English translations of contemporary Japanese plays begun in 1999 under the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ “Arts Plan 21” has recently been released.
The series presents translations of the works of representative Japanese contemporary playwrights and plays that have had an important impact of postwar Japanese theater, with a new volume being published once a year. With this latest volume, the ten volumes of this series now include works by approximately 60 leading playwrights. Accompanying each work is a detailed profile of the playwright. The new 10th volume contains representative plays from the latter half of the 1990 into the first decade of the 21st century, including A Country Far From Here by Masahiro Iwasaki, Men at Work by Keishi Nagatsuka, Forty Minutes from the Back by Seigo Hatasawa, Destination Japan by Harue Tsutsumi, and Shed Skin by Norihiko Tsukuda. Of these, Norihiko Tsukuda’s Shed Skin (“Nukegara”) was the winner of the 2006 Kishida Drama Award. Below is a list of all the plays published in translation in this series so far. You can find synopses of some of the plays listed here in the “Japanese Drama Database” page of this Web site.
+Half a Century of Japanese Theater X 1990s Part4
Contemporary Japanese plays in English translation, Vol. 10
Compilation by Japan Playwrights Association
Size: B5 irregular
¥4,200 (include. tax)
ISBN: 978-4-314-10181-3

Commentary: Hiroko Yamaguchi
Works included: A Country Far From Here by Masahiro Iwasaki
Men at Work by Keishi Nagatsuka
Forty Minutes from the Back by Seigo Hatasawa
Destination Japan by Harue Tsutsumi
Shed Skin by Norihiko Tsukuda

This book can be ordered from the following website:
Kinokuniya Shoten Book Web   http://bookweb.kinokuniya.co.jp
+“Half a Century of Japanese Theater” series   Plays of Volume One
Citizens of Seoul by Oriza HIRATA
Epitaph for the Whales by Yoji SAKATE
Time’s Storeroom by Ai NAGAI
Fireflies by Toshiro SUZUE
Tokyo Atomic Klub by Nozomi MAKINO
Ice Blossoms by Tatsuo KANESHITA
+Plays of Volume Two
The Man Next Door by Ryo IWAMATSU
Farewell to Huckleberry by Yutaka NARUI
Festival of the Fish by Miri YU
Hinii by Akio MIYAZAWA
S/N by DUMB TYPE
Rhythm Method by Sanae IIJIMA & Yumi SUZUKI
Cape Moon by Masataka MATSUDA
+Plays of Volume Three
Kitaro the Ghost-buster by Eriko WATANABE
Miss Toyoko’s Departure by Rei ICHIDO
Godzilla by Yasuhiko OHASHI
The King of La Mancha’s Clothes by Kensuke YOKOUCHI
Lullaby: A Hundred Years of Song by Shoji KOKAMI
+Plays of Volume Four
Ode to Joy by So KITAMURA
Nippon Wars by Takeshi KAWAMURA
A Legend of Mermaids by Chong Wishin
Thread Hell by Rio KISHIDA
The Red Demon Akaoni by Hideki NODA
+Plays of Volume Five
The Amida Black Chant Murder Mystery by Den FUJITA
The Atami Murder Case by Kohei TSUKA
Mystery Tour by Mikio KOMATSU
The Family Adrift: The Jesus Ark Incident by Tetsu YAMAZAKI
Ayako: Mom’s Cherry Blossoms Never Fall by Kodai OKABE
Claire de Lune by Juichiro TAKEUCHI
+Plays of Volume Six
La Marie-Vison by Shuji TERAYAMA
Yabuhara, the Blind Master Minstrel by Hisashi INOUE
Abe Sada’s Dogs by Makoto SATO
The Tale of Komachi Told by the Wind by Shogo OTA
Sick by Minoru BETSUYAKU
A Cry from the City of Virgins by Juro KARA
Red Dawn over Manhattan by Ren SAITO
+Plays of Volume Seven
The Meiji Coffin by Ken MIYAMOTO
Oppekepe by Yoshiyuki FUKUDA
Comedy Duo in Hibernation by Satoshi AKIHAMA
Our Lady of the Scabs by Matsuyo AKIMOTO
Such a Serious Frivolity by Kunio SHIMIZU
At Play with a Lion by Masakazu YAMAZAKI
+Plays of Volume Eight
Miyagino by Seiichi YASHIRO
Kono Kodomo by Shuichiro YAGI
Kenrui Dasshu by Tsuneari FUKUDA
Okinawa by Junji KINOSHITA
Kumo no Migiwa by Chineo TANAKA
Konrinzan no Hitobito by Taku IZAWA
Omoide wo Uru Hito by Michio KATO
Tainai by Juro MIYOSHI
+Plays of Volume Nine
Montage: Memories of the Beginning by Atsuko TAKAIZUMI / Maki IZAWA
— First Love by Hideo TSUCHIDA
Uchiya Festival by Shigefumi FUKATSU
Heaven’s Sign by Suzuki MATSUO
Thistle Flower by Koji HASEGAWA
Disappearance by Keralino Sandorovich
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