Rising from the Flames The Rebirth of Theater in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-24
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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On August 15, 1945, when World War II ended, almost all of Tokyo and Osaka's theaters had been destroyed or heavily damaged by American bombs. The Japanese urban infrastructure was reduced to dust, and so, one might have thought, would be the nation's spirit, especially in the face of nuclear bombing and foreign occupation. Yet, less than two weeks after the atomic bombs had been dropped, theater began to show signs of life. Before long, all forms of Japanese theater were back on stage, and from death's ashes arose the flower of art.

Author Biography

Samuel L. Leiter is Distinguished Professor of Theater Emeritus, Brooklyn College, Cuny, and the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Table of Contents

Tablesp. ix
Theater and Troupe Namesp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 1
From Bombs to Booms: When the Occupation Met Kabukip. 11
Playing for the Majors and the Minors: Ichikawa Girls' Kabuki on the Postwar Stagep. 75
The Good Censors: Evading the Threat to Postwar Kabukip. 89
The Mitsukoshi Gekij&obar;: The Little Theater That Couldp. 109
Performing the Emperor's New Clothes: The Mikado, The Tale of Genji, and Lèse Majesté on the Japanese Stagep. 125
Other Traditional Theaters
N&obar; and Ky&obar;gen during the Occupationp. 175
Mitsuwa Kai vs. Sh&obar;chiku: Occupation Reforms and the Unionization of Bunrakup. 185
Surviving and Succeeding: The Y&ubar;ki-za Marionette Theater Companyp. 217
Laughter after Wars: Rakugo during the Occupationp. 231
Modern Theater
SCAP's "Problem Child": American Aesthetics, the Shingeki Stage, and the Occupation of Japanp. 259
From War Responsibility to the Red Purge: Politics, Shingeki, and the Case of Kubo Sakaep. 279
A Fabulous Fake: Folklore and the Search for National Identity in Kinoshita Junji's Twilight Cranep. 317
To the Rhythm of Jazz: Enoken's Postwar Musical Comediesp. 335
A Note on Kabuki Censorship: An Interview withp. 361
A Note on Kansai Kabukip. 371
A Note on Takarazukap. 381
Indexp. 391
About the Contributorsp. 427
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