Mitsuru@KAMIJO ---- Mitsuru is a puppeteer of Edo
Edo Marionette is a Japanese traditional one handed down
from the Edo period when samurai had lived.
Mitsuru was born in Hokkaido in 1955 and graduated in
Touhoku_University Technical Engineering in 1975. But
Mitsuru wished to know Japanese culture and spirit,because
he had felt that Japanese had been losing own identity
1979 Mitsuru retired from the university and joined in
puppet theatre Youkiza. Youkiza had created modern plays
based on the traditional technique. Mitsuru had studied
under 11th Magosaburou Youki and experienced Youkiza's
Europe tour " Macbeth" at twice. Mitsuru played the role of
old Seward, Nobleman, Second Murderer, e.t.c.
1990 Mitsuru retired from Youkiza with 11th Magosaburou
Youki and other members, and organized a new group
1992 Mitsuru was independent from it, because he had hoped
to try a new performance style that nobody has tried.
1993 Mitsuru organized Edo Marionette Group and started to
play street performance.
1994 Mitsuru played street performance in Vienna.
1996 Mitsuru had guested in theatre Rin-Ko-Gun Europe tour
"The Capital of the Kingdom of Gods" ( written by Youji
Rin-Ko-Gun is a Japanese theatre with actors and
actresses.His marionette was an illusion of the leading
2000 Edo Marionette Group's South America tour with some
performances, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu, Buenos
2001 Edo Marionette Group's Palestine and Israel with some
2002 Mitsuru participated 8th Honolulu Festival (March).
Edo Marionette Group's South America tour 2 (September).
Mitsuru had found an important thing about Japanese culture
through the street performance on rugged ground.
Mitsuru felt that his playing pose had changed lower and his
toes had caught the ground. Mitsuru thought that Japanese
culture might have been created on the earth,because
Japanese is an agricultural race. It's a most important
thing,but most of Japanese have forgotten it.
Mitsuru is thinking that all of the world people can
understand each other through the culture on the ground.