As the whole world is in its fight against Covid-19, international solidarity is needed more than ever. Edinburgh has a unique role in this, being a world hub for cultural exchange. For the first time since its inception 70 years ago, the 2020 Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been cancelled. Despite this, the aspiration of Japanese artists to be a part of this traditional “Fringe Spirit” continues to be strong.
This motivated us to set up this Japanese Festival Fringe Showcase, with the invaluable support of Madoka Yamashita and Yuya Ishizone of MyCreate, and to invite all the Japanese performers from last year’s fringe and Fringes past. I would like to commend their active participation and express my special thanks to Kensaku Sato, for contributing his powerful and prominent Japanese drum performances, building upon his early career as a Fringe favourite.
Last but not least, my appreciation goes to Lyndsey Jackson of the Fringe Society, for her encouraging remarks for this online showcase this year, after having attended the real showcase that I hosted last year in the heart of Edinburgh. I sincerely hope that these Japanese artists will lift your spirit while staying at home and bridge the gap until 2021 when they will return to Edinburgh again physically. Please keep checking the website throughout August so you don’t miss a moment of this excitingnew programme. Thank you and enjoy.
Edinburgh Festival fringe Deputy Chief Executive
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For the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings on Japan, Chisato Minamimura presents an extract of her solo digital sign language performance “Scored in Silence” unpacking deaf survivors’ hidden perspectives.
Powerful like a dragon, supple like a dancer– the most remarkable “Taiko” drummer creating explosive beats and divine performance. Known as the man chosen by the spirits of Japanese drums.
Kilara Sen, a.k.a. Pink Unicorn, is a female Japanese comedian from Tokyo. Host of “Japanese Whisky World” (Dekanta TV). TV: “Paul Hollywood Eats Japan” “Asia’s Got Talent” etc.
mycreate. is a contemporary theatre unit depicting various issues just next to you. Intimate space we share with audiences means the world to us. As we breathe, we create.
TOKYO TAP DO! is comedy tap dance show Group. Masterpiece Category/Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus.Genres/Comedy, Music.
Yuriko Kotani is a UK-based Japanese comedian, who began performing stand-up in 2014. She was named as ‘one to watch’ by Time Out and won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2015.
Zeroko is the physical comedy duo from Tokyo. Their mime and clowning show is heart-warming, enjoyable and relaxing. They won the “Best Comedy Award” of Asian Arts Awards 2019 at EdFringe.