EDWARD GOREY in JAPAN
Translation or Transformation: A Chat with Motoyuki Shibata
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When His Imperial Highness Prince Komatsu Akihito [not of direct relation to the present Emperor of Japan], who, among other things had previously led armies in battle to overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate and helped bring an end to samurai rule, attended an original performance of The Mikado in London in 1886, he found no offense at all, nor its depiction of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor (the Mikado) demeaning. Undetered, the British authorities banned The Mikado’s performance during another official visit by HIH Prince Fushimi Sadanaru in 1907, still convinced that insult and injury would be claimed. It was later learned that the Prince had hoped to see The Mikado during his stay in jolly old England. Today, audiences can enjoy these ‘insults’ at home, and in Japanese.