Season 3 "Entertainment"
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Episode #03: Roundup + α
This show features the new faces of Tokyo, where many professionals gather creating the Tokyo culture with their passion and technology.
In the last two episodes, we took a look at artists working in rakugo, a traditional Japanese performing art that goes back three hundred years, and the 2.5-Dimensional Musical, a new theater genre that is currently taking Tokyo by storm. In this episode, we will peek behind the scenes of these two forms of entertainment. Maho Saito is an event planner who organizes English rakugo workshops in hopes of promoting the art form overseas. In fact, she was the one who inspired Shinoharu Tatekawa, the rakugo actor featured in Episode 1, to start performing rakugo in English. Meanwhile, Makoto Matsuda is the producer who helped turn the 2.5-Dimensional Musical into the success it has become. We will take a look at how he has adapted many of Japan’s 2-D pop culture works into hit stage musicals.
TOKYO HOT TOPICS
We will take a look at the activities of the Tama River Water Resources Forest Team, a volunteer group whose aim is to ensure the quality of Tokyo’s water. The Tama River is one of Tokyo’s main sources of water, which is why it is so important for the forests that grow around the river’s source to remain in good health. This involves both upkeep as well as preservation efforts.