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Musical Masakichi Hirano and Tsuguharu Fujita

Sponsors

Akita Prefecture, Akita City, The Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Akita Prefecture Education Board, the Akita City Education Board, and Akita Sakigake Shimpo

Production

Warabi-za
Founded in 1951, Warabi-za has its headquarter in Semboku, Akita. It performs original musicals that depict the contemporary society through performing the folk arts of Japan, especially in Tohoku and Akita. It operates 7 performance groups that give 1,200 performances annually in and outside Japan. Half of their performances are for elementary, junior high and high school students as their social contribution. Warabi-za boasts 20,000 annual participants in their variety of workshops and is recognized as one of the best troupes in Japan.

Staff

Playbook: Makiko Uchidate
Since her debut as a scriptwriter in 1988, she won many awards including The 1st Hashida Award, Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs Prize, Japan Lyricist Awards, Hoso Bunka
Foundation (HBF) Prize.
Her main works are Hirari, Watashi no Aozora (My Blue Sky)by NHK, a Japanese national broadcasting corporation, Mori Motonari by NHK, Shumatsu Kon (Weekend Marriage) by Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS) among others. For Warabi-za, she scripted a musical Onono Komachi.
She is now a member of Japan Sumo Association Yokozuna Promotion Council, and a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education.

Venue

Area Nakaichi, Nigiwai Koryukan “AU” Multipurpose Hall (250 seats)
1-4-1, Nakadori, Akita-city

Stage performance schedule

http://www.warabi.jp/masakichifujita/intoroduction.html

Admission Fee

an advance ticket : Adults 2,500 yen Children 1,000 yen
today's ticket : Adults 3, 000 yen Children 1,500 yen

Reservation

Warabi-za
430, Waseda, Sotsuda, Tazawako, Semboku, Akita, 014-1192
TEL +81-187-44-3915

Story Introduction

In 1936, Tsuguharu Fujita was in despair. Although he had a great success as a painter in France, the Japanese art circle did not recognize him. The film Gendai Nippon (The Modern Japan), which the Japanese government requested him to co-direct, was not well received in the militaristic Japan; moreover, the death of his lover grieved him further.
In the meantime, one Japanese person was very impressed by Fujita’s paintings. It is Masakichi Hirano, who became then the biggest collector of his paintings in Japan.
Hirano thought, “If one does not see the first-class things, he cannot be the first-class himself. Fujita is the first-class painter we should learn from.”
Hirano planned to build a museum and collected Fujita’s paintings in Akita, his hometown. He wished that the children of Akita would see the real art and create a rich art and culture in Akita in the future.
To the eyes of Fujita, Akita had the picture of Japan that he had wanted to depict in The Contemporary Japan. He said, “Any place, not to mention Tokyo, has the imitation of the West all around. But Akita does not have such a place: its antiqueness resembles that of Kyoto, and at the same time, it has abundant energy like the youth. It is a place that still retains its gracefulness.”
“I want to build a museum of Fujita and hang a wall painting that depicts a traditional Japanese soul through drawing the events of Akita. That will be the base for Japanese culture.”Now the two men teamed up and started to work toward the glorious dream.

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