Happy Prince Fish

© all photos by Yoshikazu Inoue

Playwright and direction: Yudai Kamisato
Premiere: 2019
Duration: 100min (including 10-minutes-intermission)
3 Cast: Sumire Urata, Sayaka Shigemi, Yoshitaka Shimada

I met a fishing enthusiast in a pub who often goes fishing at Lake Biwa. This is a story he told while eating Oden.

The propagation of foreign fish has always been a problem in Lake Biwa. The foreign fish eat endemic species and so the administration at the lake created something called “Foreign Fish Collecting Boxes” along the shore of the lake. If one of these fish is caught, its encouraged that you put it in the box, which essentially means it’s disposed of. We have to throw away bluegill, black bass and other foreign fish. However for black bass fishers it’s good manners to release them, insisting they are innocent.
I chuck them away.
Speaking of which, do you know who brought the bluegill to Japan?

It was shortly before the Tokyo Olympics.
The prince at the time decided to introduce the bluegill to Japan as food after he encountered it at trip to the US.
The bluegill was praised as the “Happy Prince Fish” and spread all over Japan.

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Biwa: Yuji Kikuou
Masato Toguchi
Yae Yamamichi
Hanji Nishida

Set design and Lighting
dot architects

Stage manager and Sound
Ayumu Okubo(KWAT)

Chie Ohno

Chief Production Coordinator
Mai Hongo

Production coordinator
Kyoto: Kinari Toyama, Reiko Hagihara (Kyoto Art Center)
Okinawa: Yumiko Torii
Yokohama: Tomoya Takeda,Sayuri Fujii

Lighting Advisor
Yohei Sogo

Produced and Production by Okazaki Art Theatre

In co-operation with precog co.,LTD. Elegirl LTD., Kinoshita-Kabuki, SHIBAI ENGINE(Okinawa), ASADA-MESH co.,LTD

Co-produced by Kyoto Experiment(Kyoto), Kyoto Art Center(Kyoto), Naha City(Okinawa), ST spot(Yokohama)

Supported by Japan Arts Fund, Arts Commission Yokohama