The theatrical arts are perhaps one of the most enduring traditions of Japan, and from the mid-20th century, The Japan Times has showcased the stories and the stars of the stage, from kabuki and noh to rakugo and kyogen.
In the 1940s and ’50s, Maj. Faubion Bowers, who wrote features explaining the context of Japanese theater on numerous occasions for The Japan Times, had a major effect in preserving traditional theatrical arts’ place on the world stage. As Gen.
Douglas MacArthur’s personal Japanese translator, he was able to convince the Occupation forces not to ban kabuki performances, which were thought to be promoting feudal-era values.
Until the present day, The Japan Times has provided rare glimpses into the minds of theater masters, whose craft has been passed down through generations.