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Overview This performance is a collage of fragments taken from texts that represent Japan’s modern history, starting with the enactment of the Constitution of the Empire of Japan and continuing through to the promulgation of the postwar Constitution of Japan. The landscape of Japan’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century history is woven out of these series of texts, revealing the inherent contradictions of a nation that evolved into a democracy while retaining an emperor system. The paradoxes of the past remain unvoiced even today. The performance was acclaimed as Chiten’s most musical to date and was popular with audiences in spite of its contentious themes.




Photo by Takaki Sudo



2011.11.4 Toshima Kokaido
2012.6.7 / 8.14-15 / 11.27-28 Cafe Montage
2013.8.11-15 Cafe Montage
Text Constitution of the Empire of Japan, Ieji by Mariko Asabuki, Gyokuon-housou (Jewel Voice Broadcast, the radio broadcast by Emperor Hirohito announcing the end of the Second World War) (colloquial version), Japan National Press Club Official Press Conference Records (October 31st, 1975), Zou (The Elephant) by Minoru Betsuyaku, lectures by Tsuyoshi Inukai (Inukai Bokudo), Constitution of Japan (Preamble)
Direction Motoi Miura
Satoko Abe
Dai Ishida
Koji Ogawara
Shie Kubota
Saki Kohno
Yohei Kobayashi
Staff Producution Co-ordinator: Yuna Tajima
Presented by Festival/Tokyo [2011]
Cafe Montage [2012-2013]