The Return – 2015

After earthquake and nuclear accident in 3/11 I had abruptly left Kyoto, cutting a planned long-term stay short. Although I briefly visited again in winter 2012/13 I was staying then in a different accommodation than every prior year; in 2014 for the first time in 18 consecutive years I did not stay in Japan at all. I returned twice in 2015 during summer and and a second time in autumn.

 

Recently I have started new relationships with traditional and contemporary Japanese puppetry compagnies, learning about traditional puppet plays, which are based on Kabuki theatre, and puppet design, and researching the artistic and ritualistic use of puppets within this culture.