Being a man through Kabuki

Dancing in Japan as an American, in the US as Japanese Neighbor took care of hotel business during the World War II Different learning style in Japan and the United States Both Japanese and American identities though Japanese dance Being a man through Kabuki Hardship to be a Kabuki dancer as a woman Do my best as a professional dancer

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My father always wanted a son and all his friends said, “I have a son” and my father had a little girl – a sick girl that was always getting sick. So I wanted to be a boy. If I do kabuki, I could be a boy, a son and I could please my father. That’s how I started. And at Koyasan, I did this…I became a monk. If you’re a Christian, you call yourself a priest. And my father was happy. So I always try to be a boy. So this Tange Sazen is a boy and this Kagami Jishi is a man. Always trying to please my father. But he was very happy.

Date: November 30, 2004
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Nancy Araki and John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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