The Life of HOKUSAI

The Life of HOKUSAI

The Life of HOKUSAI

“The Life of HOKUSAI” is producing a completely new art experience entertainment which has merged live performance and art exhibition with the theme of “Katsushika Hokusai”.

The Life of HOKUSAI –
The Mad Genius Who Reincarnated as a Dragon.

A spectacular performing art piece exploring the life of the father of Japanese painting, who considered himself the connection between heavenly and earthly energies. The impetuous wave of The Great Wave of Kanagawa, his masterpiece, comes to life on stage, transporting viewers on a journey through the valleys, mountains, rivers, and majesty of nature that inspired Hokusai's art, but also the shadows and demons that drove him to devote his life to it with voracious maniacality until the end.

“Arena del Sole” Theater, Via dell’Indipendenza n. 44 - Bologna

JUNE 30 
18:00 first show
21:00 second show

18:00 first show
21:00 second show




The World-renowned painter “Katsushika Hokusai”

The World-renowned painter “Katsushika Hokusai” Katsushika Hokusai, is a world famous genius painter from Japan. His masterpiece Kanagawa Okinamiura is called “The Great Wave” overseas and is said to be as famous as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. He was selected as one of the “100 most important people of the last 1000 years” by “LIFE” magazine in the U.S., along with Edison and Einstein, and was the only Japanese person to be selected. In recent years, a book about his life has been published, and a dramatization and film version of his life have also been announced, attracting attention from around the world. We have planned a completely new theatrical artwork based on Hokusai, a master painter, combining live performance and the latest digital projection live performance. We have planned a completely new theatrical artwork based on Hokusai, a master painter, combining live performance and the latest digital projection live performance. We will present the life of Hokusai and the impressions of his work that were previously unknown to the public.

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About Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai is not only one of Japan’s leading ukiyoe artists, but also one of the most famous Japanese in the world. Katsushika Hokusai is famous for his “36 Views of Mount Fuji” series of landscape paintings featuring Mount Fuji. After the death of Hokusai, his fame spread to Europe, where his innovative works surprised impressionist painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Degas, and influenced the “Japonism” that swept the West in the 19th century. The famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright is also known to have been influenced by Hokusai. Hokusai is an internationally acclaimed painter rather than a Japanese painter.

Stage Production Staff

Executive Producer
Sugimoto Shin
Stage Producer
Ban Norifumi
Katsumi Sakakura
Directed by
Katsumi Sakakura
Katsumi Sakakura
Katsumi Sakakura

The Life of HOKUSAI

Performing arts program commemorates the 260th birth anniversary of HOKUSAI

Katsumi Sakakura

Born in 1963 in Nagoya city, Japan. An artist who expresses the peculiar "movement, rhythm and spirituality" of Japanese traditional culture as an integrated art form. As the world's first artist to synchronize video and performance, he invented "Projection Live", which is highly acclaimed even abroad as an originator. He has been invited from 41 countries to perform in 21 TV programs.

He has performed at global events such as the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and the IOC International Olympic Committee General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur. He has given lectures titled "What is real Japanese COOL?" in Japan and abroad (The University of Tokyo, Moscow University, SOAS University London, Aoyama Gakuin University, Nagoya Gakuin University, etc.), and has spoken at TEDxTokyo to share the beauty of Japan with the world.

Stage appearance
Katsumi Sakakura
Kato Karin
Kamada Kunsui
(Satsuma biwa player)
Kobayashi Taro
(Taiko player)
Manase Haruka
Special appearance
Yoshida brothers
(Tsugaru shamisen player)
Character Design
Okazaki Takashi
Fukuhiro Shuichiro
Art and Costume
Assistant Choreography
Kato Karin
CG Production
Animation Cafe
Stage Director
Shimojuu Takuya
Yoshimura Takahiro
Nakamura Yoshio
Otani Hiroki
Title Cooperation
Music Collaboration
Still photography
Kanesaka Ryosuke
Hirabayashi Katsumi
Material Collaboration
Sakai Eiji (Hanzou, Inc.)
Satoru Kobayashi Sanzaemon (Woman's body calligrapher)
Uragami Mitsuru (Uragami Sokyu-do Co.,Ltd)
Technical Assistance
Panasonic Connect Co., Ltd
Zion Co., Ltd.
Planning and Production
Global Business Labo, Inc.

Video Production Staff

Executive Producer
Sugimoto Shin
Jeong Yeongsu
Shimizu Kento
Assistant Director
Atanas Ibba Mantchorov
Tsuji Takeshi
Sound Tuning and Effects
Murata Momoko
Stage Video Recording
Rim Entertainment, Inc.
Stage Video Distribution
Global Business Labo, Inc.
Advertising/Public Relations
Rim Entertainment, Inc.
Film Production
Rim Entertainment, Inc.
Planning and Production
Global Business Labo, Inc.