Traditional Japanese Theater and Theater Studies in a Global Age

Satoko Shimazaki's picture
May 5, 2017
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies

Dear friends and colleagues,

UCLA and Waseda are pleased to announce a major international symposium on the theme of “Traditional Japanese Theater and Theater Studies in a Global Age” sponsored by the Tadashi Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities and the Japan Foundation. Part of a five-day series of events featuring Nomura Mansaku, Nomura Mansai, Ishida Yukio, and other members of the Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company, the symposium will be held at UCLA on May 5, 2017, and feature an extraordinary roster of participants from Japan, Southeast Asia, and the United States. The event will focus on discussion of important issues relating to the present state of traditional Japanese theater and theater studies and what might be done to help cultivate both going forward.

The symposium will be preceded by a lecture by Nomura Mansaku, intended for the general public, with an introduction to kyogen and Nomura Mansaku's career by Professor Carolyn Morley of Wellesley College and a discussion of three plays that Nomura Mansaku and the other kyogen performers will be staging on May 6 and 7 at the Aratani Theater in the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Both the lecture and the symposium are free and open to the public. Posters and the program for the symposium can be found here:



Information about the entire "Five Days of Kyogen" series of events, including Nomura Mansaku’s lecture, may be found here:

Please address any questions you may have about the symposium or lecture to Yixin Zhu, Program Manager in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA, at


Sincerely yours,

Satoko Shimazaki

Umetada Misa

Michael Emmerich