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Yasushi Shimazaki

Yasushi Shimazaki is a native of Tokyo and an active figure in preserving and contemporizing the traditional Japanese street performance form chindonya. Characterized by their marching-band instrumentation and colorful costumes, chindonya performers are commonly engaged to advertise businesses. Chindonya originated in nineteenth-century Osaka and Tokyo, and flourished until the 1960s. In 1993, Shimazaki established a theatrical troupe, U-Stage, to revitalize the tradition as part of his experimental theater investigations. U-Stage has toured their chindonya work, Seven Lucky Gods, throughout Japan, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom, the US, and Australia.