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9th Edition of the contemporary Japanese plays in English translation series “Half a Century of Japanese Theater”
 In April 2007 the 9th Edition of the “Half a Century of Japanese Theater” series of Japanese plays in English translation that began in 1999 as a part of the Arts Plan 21 project of the Japanese government’s Agency of Cultural Affairs has been published.
This series covers the leading contemporary Japanese playwrights and the major plays of the postwar era and new editions are added once a year. Each edition includes a current picture of the playwrights, stage photographs of the works in performance and profiles of the playwrights (all newly written). This most recent 9th edition contains representative plays from the 1990s selected on the themes of “solitude” and “alienation” and comprises six works. They are early works of the popular figures of the “4th generation” of modern Japanese playwrights and later, including Hideo Tsuchida, Suzuki Matsuo, Keralino Sandorovich and other. Below is a list of all the works of the nine editions published to date. Synopses of some of these works can also be found on this website in the “Japanese Drama Database.”
+Half a Century of Japanese Theater IX 1990s Part 3
Contemporary Japanese plays in English 9th Edition
Edited by the Japan Playwrights Association
Language: English
449 pages, 24*16 cm
4,200 yeniincluding taxj
ISBN: 4-314-10160-8
Published: April 2007 by Kinokuniya Company Ltd., Tokyo

Introduction: Yoji SAKATE
Commentary: Tadashi UCHINO
Works included: Montage: Memories of the Beginning by Junko TAKAIZUMI / Maki IZAWA
First Love by Hideo TSUCHIDA
Uchiya Festival by Atsushi FUKATSU
Heaven’s Sign by Suzuki MATSUO
Thistle Flower by Koji HASEGAWA
Disappearance by Keralino Sandorovich
+“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
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
These books can be purchased from the website below
Kinokuniya BookWeb