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  • Kamimura Iwao 
  • By this author: 2 Latest posted: 2013.02.28
Theater critic. Born in Tokyo in 1940. Completed masters course in literature studies at Keiō University (specializing in British and American literature). Began working as a kabuki critic in 1977, contributing to the Engekikai and Gekihyō magazines. Became the drama critic for the Nikkei in 1994. In the same year, won the twenty-eighth Kansai Literature Prize. Author of Kabuki Today: The Art and Tradition, Kabuki hyakunen hyakuwa (Kabuki: A Hundred Years, a Hundred Tales), and other works.
Kabuki Fights for its Future After Two Tragic Losses2013.02.28

Kabuki is struggling to recover after the death of two leading actors: Ichikawa Danjūrō and Nakamura Kanzaburō. This double-blow puts pressure on the younger performers to play a more prominent role, and some are questioning whether they will have what it takes. A connoisseur of the art looks at the current crisis and at how kabuki has overcome similar challenges in the past.

Obituary: Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII2013.02.15

On December 5, 2012, kabuki actor Nakamura Kanzaburō passed away. Kanzaburō was larger than life, loved by many, and his activities transcended the kabuki world. Theater critic Kamimura Iwao looks back on his life.

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