Theatre of Memory


The Zero Milestone lies at the centre of Japan’s historic road network. Consequentially, it was the location of the first fish markets and Kabuki theatres, a cultural epicentre along the canals of Tokyo. The advent of expressways and modernisation superseded the importance of this cultural centre both physically and metaphorically. Bridging the gap between tradition and modernity, a new scenery of culture and excitement becomes part of the forgotten waterways, reviving Tokyo’s identity as the ‘Venice of the East’. A Kabuki theatre becomes a journey across five acts, where traditional elements of the stage guide the audience through a combination of exterior and interior spaces.

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