Sunday, May 29 1921: Shingeki-za was launched by Shotaro Karyu

1921 (Taisho 10) On Sunday, May 29 “Shingeki-za” was launched, which was newly established by young new actors like Shotaro Karyu. The first performance was held at Nihon-Meijiza. The program consisted of four works, “Enma’s Eye,” “Border Flower,” “Arabian Tent” and “Shoryo,” but due to lack of preparation, the first performance didn’t have a very good reputation. Later, Karyu led the post-war Daido Danketsu of the new school as the leader of the troupe. In 1955, he 30 received the Award of the Japan Art Academy. He later became a Bunkakorosha (Person of Cultural Merits) and a Living National Treasure. However, in 1965 (Showa 40), he suddenly died of myocardial infarction at the age of 70.

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