Upon a Cherry Tree, Under a Cherry Tree
Length: 100 mins Persons: Male 4 Female 4
Production Record: 2011, 2012 (Kwangju Drama Festival for Peace in Korea)
There was a cherry tree in the courtyard of a girls’ school in Tokyo. An old man appeared, looking for the score of “The Blue Danube Waltz” which he had buried under the cherry tree when he was a boy as it was dangerous to study it during World War II. The play shows what has changed and what has not changed.
From an Unknown Faraway Island
Length: 120 mins Persons: Male 6 Female 4
Production Record: 2012, 2016
In 1945, Japanese soldiers and military nurses were stranded at a military hospital of the defeated Japanese Army in Mudanjiang, China, with no means of returning home. They ask if they had been abandoned by the Japanese government. Has the relationship between the state and individuals changed, or remained as it was between 1945 and now?
An Ephemeral Memory
Length: 110 mins Persons: Male 6 Female 5
Production Record: 2013, 2014 (Kenichi Kato Office)
An old man daily visits a history museum, looking for information on his father. He had cut his relations with him fifty years ago as his father supported the war effort. Desiring peace, the man had studied atomic physics to promote the peaceful use of nuclear power. He was also looking for his mother who had died protecting him from the bullets of a fighter plane during the war. Though she had vanished like a bubble in a wave, she still lives in him.
A Snowy Promise
Length: 120 mins Persons: Male 5 Female 5
Production Record: 2014
“Photographs are not mere records but precious connections with family members and friends.” In Seoul, called Keijo under Japanese occupation in 1942, a Japanese man who ran a tiny photographic studio was ordered to take photographs of Korean prisoners arrested for anti-Japanese activities. The pictures were “mere records,” of the prisoners with their respective registration numbers. The photographer dreamed that someday he would take “real photographs.” Now, in Tokyo, his daughter has taken over her father’s dream. How do these two ages look through the viewfinder?
An Affair in the Darkness
Length: 120 mins Persons: Male 6 Female 5
Production Record: 2015
There was an apartment house named Ikebukuro Montparnasse by a poet, in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo. An assortment of artists lived together there. They drew or painted pictures, discussed art and society, drank, and fell in love. The scenes are set in 1943, 1945, and then now. It is a moving play which raises such questions as what is art, what is love, what it means to live.
An Affair in the Darkness (a script for reading)
Length: 50 mins Persons: Male 2 Female 3
Production Record: 2014, 2015
An old man visits a small museum on a hill, looking down on a river that runs through Oku-Musashi, a mountainous area spreading out from the north-west suburbs of Tokyo. The man had lost his family during World War II on the night of 10 March 1945 in the massive Tokyo Air Raid which killed more than a hundred thousand people. At the museum, he met a female painter who had lost her family in an air raid as well. “What happened in the darkness seems to me a dream.” The story goes back and forth between the two points in time, the present and 1945. What does it mean to live, to believe? What is a family? What is the State?