Photoscape / Teenagers Help Preserve Art Of Puppet Theater

Photoscape / Teenagers help preserve art of puppet theater

By Masanori Inagaki / Yomiuri Shimbun PhotographerLeaders of traditional puppet theater are working to pass their art on to future generations, holding workshops for younger people and energetically performing in Japan and overseas.

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo is a puppet show in Hachioji, Tokyo. The Nishikawa Koryu Troupe headed by fifth-generation leader Nishikawa Koryu, 64, is working hard to ensure its art survives.

Teenagers Make Splendid Use Of Their Poetic License

Teenagers make splendid use of their poetic licenseIt is a privilege to be young. Teenage years are a time to explore and absorb anything that catches one’s interest.
Momoko Oishi, a third-year junior high school student in Chiba Prefecture, penned this refreshing poem: “Time flies amazingly when I read a book/ Some strange force transports me.”

Japan Figure Skating In Good Hands With Talented Teenagers

Japan figure skating in good hands with talented teenagersFigure skating in Japan entered a transition phase when a number of stars called it quits or took a hiatus in 2014 after the Sochi Olympics.
A group of teenagers, though, recently emerged to fill the void, with two diminutive skaters leading the way. At the All-Japan Figure Skating Championships late last month, Satoko Miyahara, 16, was crowned the new queen, while 17-year-old Shoma Uno finished second on the men’s side behind reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.