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Alan Harris (writer of National Theatre Wales’ first ever production, A Good Night Out in the Valleys) returns to create the company’s first ever international commission, produced by theNew National Theatre, Tokyo.
Location: In Tokyo, Japan
Latest Activity: May 17, 2016
To stay up to date with the show, and follow NTW staff members on their adventures in Japan, we've created a Storify Story of all the tweets and updates from Tokyo.
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I've made a short video of my trip to Japan- if you want to take a look, you can find the blog here.
Well, the fish market was the most amazing experience- I took so many photos and videos which I'll edit and upload later, but here's my favourite photo of the lot in the meantime!
It's 2.45am in Japan, and I'm getting ready to go to a fish market with John McGrath and his lovely translator. Apparently the number of visitors to the tuna auction is limited to 120 per day, which is the maximum number which the market's infrastructure can accommodate. Tourists, who wish to see the auction, have to apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) starting from 5:00am on a first-come, first-serve basis. A first group of 60 visitors will be admitted to the auction between 5:25 and 5:50, while a second group of 60 visitors will be admitted between 5:50 and 6:15.
Seems more difficult to get tickets to than Kabuki Theatre! Fingers Crossed we get in!
Alun Harris tell us what its been like to work in Japan:
I've been here 5 days, and I've still not eaten Sushi! Where is a good place to go?
I gave a talk about Digital Arts at the British Council last night, here's some more info, and a link to the video if you're interested!
Tomorrow I'm going to be giving a talk at the British Council at 3pm (9am BST), if you want to know more about how WalesLab will support Japanese artists next year you can watch the even on this live stream:
If you don't want to watch me over your breakfast (uk), or you're busy tomorow afternoon (Japan) the talk will be available on youtube later.
After a few hours sleep we headed to Kyoto, to take in a couple of shrines,
before being shown around Kyoto Arts Centre, where this afternoon I talked to a group of local artists, talking in more detail about the projects we've helped decvelop through WalesLab.
It's a great building. A former school, which houses lots of different Arts and social projects, including the Kyoto Experiment, who were my hosts for the afternoon. After a quick dash back to the station, we're now zooming back to Tokyo on the bullet train to catch the opening night at The New National Theatre. I will try to resist the temptation to adopt the tradition from Kabuki of shouting out the actors names at important moments.
Thanks go to the British Council for arranging this whirlwind tour.
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