The Story of Tokyo Rose Language Workshop

February 1, 2015
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Calling all Advanced Japanese language learners for a unique 3-day language workshop that offers the opportunity to explore Miwa Yanagi’s Zero Hour and the historical story of “Tokyo Rose” through the original script, the theatrical presentation and intimate discussions with Miwa Yanagi and Japan Society’s Artistic Director. This workshop is one of three special advanced Japanese workshops coinciding with Japan Society’s Stories from the War theatrical presentations this spring.  Workshops are open to students who are in Japanese levels 12-13 and/or Kanji 3-4 or have the equivalent level of proficiency.

The Story of Tokyo Rose Language Workshop Schedule:

Language Workshop, Part One:
Friday, January 30, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Theatrical Performance
, Part Two:
Miwa Yanagi
Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape

Saturday, January 31, 7:30 pm

Language Workshop, Part Three:

Sunday, February 1, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

About the performance:

Stranded in Japan during WWII, a young Japanese-American woman was forced to serve as a radio broadcaster for a propaganda program controlled by the Japanese Imperial Army, and was subsequently tried for treason. Seventy years later, this historic incident is brought to life through a visually stunning whodunit, conceived, written and directed by internationally renowned visual artist Miwa Yanagi. Brimming with iconic imagery from her rich body of photographic work, Zero Hour tells the multi-layered story of a woman caught between two nations during the war. This presentation marks Yanagi’s North American debut as a theater artist. Performed in English and Japanese with English subtitles.


Masa Takahashi has an MA in Teaching Japanese as second language from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies. He has taught Japanese at Lilydale Heights Secondary School in Melbourne, Australia, as well as at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, and has been a Japanese instructor at Middlebury College, VT since 2001.

To register:

Fee: $95/$80 Japan Society members (includes theater ticket $35/$28 members)

All 3 workshops (Tokyo Rose; The Life of Yokohama Merii; Noh and Nagasaki): $310/$265 Japan Society members

Course Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)

To register by phone with a credit card, please call either (212) 715-1256 or (212) 715-1293.

Important Notice: Cancellation Policy
Please note that there will be no refund or cancellation for tuition after 12 pm on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 (for Tokyo Rose and 3 Workshop package), 12 pm on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 (for Yokohama Merii) and 12 pm Thu, May 14, 2015 (for Noh and Nagasaki). All refunds are subject to a $20 service charge, including those requested by the deadline date. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted.  By registering for a course, I accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

Stories from the War
Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society presents the Society-wide series Stories from the War. Encompassing theater performances, film screenings, lectures, panels and educational opportunities for young people, programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U.S. and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens.

Stories from the War is supported by a generous grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

  • Sunday, February 1, 2015
  • 1:00 pm