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Kyoto Journal Issue 26
The Builders of Kamagasaki
Interview with Director Oguri Ken’ichi
Aileen Mioko Smith on Japan’s Plutonium Future
Where Europe Begins
Holy Joe: An Adaptation of an Isse Ogata Play
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Monologist, television and film actor, short story writer, illustrator, Isse Ogata is a renaissance man in the stratified world of Japanese arts. On stage, his breadth and depth are unparallelled and his artistry shows the marks of genius: original, immediately recognizable, and impossible to imitate. In the live performances which vaulted him to fame, Ogata introduces a human zoo inhabited by society’s male dropouts and down-and-outs: the failed salesman, unhappy lover, lecherous teacher, panhandler, ex-husband, lonely civil servant, workaholic father… A few of them keep reappearing as familiar friends, serial players in the lonely-hearts club band: the acerbic Bartender, the unemployed Man with the Eyebrows, the Born-again Evangelist. But most Ogata characters are one-timers, destined to make a quick, often indelible mark on an audience and never to return.
— Jonah Salz, Everyman with a Thousand Faces
Flowing Traces: Buddhism in the Literary and Visual Arts of Japan , Ed. James Sanford, William LaFleur, and Masatoshi Nagatomi — Preston L. Houser
Cover Image by Takeda Yoshifumi
published April 1, 1994
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