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A Beggar's ArtScripting Modernity in Japanese Drama, 1900-1930$
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M. Cody Poulton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833411

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833411.001.0001

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After the Quake

After the Quake

(p.121) Chapter 3 After the Quake
A Beggar's Art

M. Cody Poulton

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter marks a watershed moment for Japanese theatre in the wake of the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake. Practically every major theatre had been destroyed in the quake and the ensuing fires. The relaxation of building codes for the post-disaster reconstruction made it possible to build on a shoestring the Tsukiji Little Theatre, which opened, less than a year after the disaster, on June 13, 1924. One of the theatre's founders, Hijikata Yoshi, had rushed home from Europe when he heard of the earthquake and enlisted Osanai Kaoru's support in building. This event would jumpstart numerous debates on the purpose of theatre in a modern Japan.

Keywords:   Great Kantō Earthquake, 1923 earthquake, Tsukiji Little Theatre, Hijikata Yoshi, Osanai Kaoru, modern theatre

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