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Updated: Jun. 22, 2022

“Creative Well-being Tokyo” International Conference on Open Access to Culture is held in Tokyo (June 28 – July 7, 2022)

An international conference sponsored by the Municipality of Tokyo and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture and aimed at realizing an inclusive social environment based in arts and culture is to be held under the name “Creative Well-being Tokyo” International Conference on Open Access to Culture. This conference will introduce programs and movements from Japan and the international scene aimed at promoting an inclusive social environment and people’s wellbeing through the arts and culture, while also attempting to encourage exchanges and promoting tie-ups be-tween organizations. The conference will consist of four program components, the international con-ference, showcases, short intensive working camps and networking opportunities.

The organizing committee members include six professionals from Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan, and the conference program focuses on the five themes of well-being, diversity, inclusive de-sign, accessibility and building connections and places of. As the central program, the international conference is scheduled to include a keynote lectures, the main conference and subcommittee meet-ings, for a total of 12 sessions, with one of the keynote lectures to be presented by Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture & Creative Industries, London.

The conference is currently accepting applications for advance conference reservations on its website.

“Creative Well-being Tokyo” International Conference on Open Access to
https://creativewell.rekibun.or.jp/en/conference/

Winners announced for the 66th (2022) Kishida Drama Award

The final judging of the 66th Kishida Drama Awards took place on February 28th and two awards were given to Riho FUKUNA’s Yawarakaku Yureru (Gently Sway-ing) and Suguru YAMAMOTO’s Banana no hana wa taberareru (You Can Eat Banana Flowers).

Riho Fukuna was born in 1991 in Hiroshima Prefecture. Belonging to the drama school Murinkan’s directing department at Komaba Agora Theater, she established “paprika” in 2014 of which she is the leader, playwright and director. Her selected piece this time depicts the Ogawa family residing in rural Hiroshima, and it premiered as pap-rika’s fifth production in November of 2021. Jury member Ryo Iwamatsu commented: “The idle lives and ensuing abrupt deaths of members of a provincial urban family are captured through sparing dialogue: a masterpiece.”

Suguru Yamamoto was born in Yama-nashi Prefecture in 1987. A graduate of J. F. Oberlin University, Yamamoto is a play-wright, director and actor, and the leader of the theater troupe HANCHU-YUEI. Under the constraints of the COVID pandemic, his Banana no hana tetralogy was pre-released in 2020 as an online production, after which they premiered as stage pro-ductions from March 2021 recorded by six cameras for subsequent distribution online as a video work. The plot revolves around a user of dating service apps and a man pos-ing as a woman to lure in customers to stores, who befriend each other and set out to open a private detective business. Jury member Keralino Sandorovich commented: “The camaraderie between the “outlaws,” described uniquely as they were, brought me to tears, and I was enthralled by the vigor of the dialogue, which pours out ceaselessly in a continuing flow.”

Finalists (in Japanese alphabetical order)
Michinari OZAWA, Orleans no kyodai (Literally: The Brother and Sister from Orleans) (stage script)
Izumi KASAGI, Sea of Moscow (stage script)
Shigeaki KATO, Dye, Color (stage script)
Misaki SETOYAMA, Even If There Are People Who Laugh at Her (January 2022 issue, Higeki-Kigeki)
Masashi NUKATA, Bonyari Blues (Literally: Forlorn Blues) (November 2021 issue, Higeki-Kigeki)
Sho HASUMI, Ryokan janaindakara sa (Literally: This is Not A Ryokan) (stage script)
Pink Chiteijin No. 3, Kashi 1832 (Literally: Fahrenheit 1832) (stage script)
Riho FUKUNA, Yawarakaku Yureru (Literally: Gently Swaying)
Suguru YAMAMOTO, Banana no hana wa taberareru (You Can Eat Banana Flowers)

Jury (in Japanese alphabetical order)
Ryo IWAMATSU
Toshiki OKADA
Keralino Sandorovich
Hideki NODA
Mikuni YANAIHARA

Kishida Drama Award
http://www.hakusuisha.co.jp/kishida/