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(Bottom) From a still picture of the movie To Die In the Country
Shuji Terayama関連写真
(Bottom) From a still picture of the movie To Die In the Country
Shuji Terayama関連写真
(Bottom) From a still picture of the movie To Die In the Country

Shuji Terayama


  • Biography
1935-1983. Poet and playwright. Terayama attracted attention as a gifted poet after his days at Aomori High School and Waseda University. He was active in various fields such as drama, scripts, novels, and reviews. He formed the theatrical experimentation studio Tenjosajiki in 1967 with the painter Tadanori Yokoo and others, and its avant-garde style enjoyed great response at home and abroad. He also exhibited talent as a movie director and has produced ambitious movies such as Den-en ni shisu (To Die in the Country), Kusa Meikyu (Grass Labyrinth), and Saraba hakobune (Farewell to the Ark).

  • Association with Minato City
Presented experimental drama in Tenjosajiki-kan in Motoazabu

The offices and theater of the theatrical group Tenjosajiki, led by Terayama, was in Namikibashi in Shibuya from 1969, but because of contractual problems it was moved in 1976 to the site of a lemon soda factory in Motoazabu. The new atelier was in solid black, and at the tip of the building’s pointed roof was a strange-looking doll designed by the stage designer Nobutaka Kotake billowing in the wind.

During his time in Azabu, Terayama enthusiastically presented outstanding works by the Tenjozajiki theatrical group, such as Directions to Servants, Shintoku-maru, Bluebeard’s Castle, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Lemming Le Passe-Muraille. The group disbanded after Terayama’s death in 1983, but it had turned out many talents, including the movie director Kaizo Hayashi.

References
Nihon Jinmei Daijiten (Japanese Biographical Dictionary) (Kodansha)
Nihon Eiga Ninmei Jiten (Biographical Encyclopedia of Japanese Movies) (Cinema Shunposha)
Fushigi na kuni no monsieur (Monsieur of Wonderland) (Kyoko Kujo / Fujin to Seikatsusha)

  • Literary Works
Kegawa no Marie (Marie in Furs) (Kadokawa Bunko)
Sho wo suteyo, machi he deyo (Discard the Book, and Go Downtown) (Kadokawa Bunko)
Sports-ban: Uramachi Jinsei (Sports Edition: Backstreet Life) (Kadokawa Bunko)
Fushigi Toshokan (Amazing Library) (Kadokawa Bunko)
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  • Related Publications
Shokugyo: Terayama Shuji. Kyoko ni ikita tensai no densetsu (Profession: Shuji Terayama. Legend of the Genius who Lived in Fiction (Takanobu Kitagawa / Nihon Bungeisha)
Hyakunen tattara kaette oide (Come Back 100 Years Later) (Kyoko Kujo / Daily Tohoku Shimbunsha)
Fushigi na kuni no monsieur (Monsieur of Wonderland) (Kyoko Kujo / Fujin to Seikatsusha)
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