Spring News!!

ファイル 241-1.jpgファイル 241-2.jpgファイル 241-3.jpgファイル 241-4.jpgFirst three months of year 2016 brought me a lot of news and experiences.

Between 3rd and 10th March I have together with photographer Nohagi Naka exhibition in Kanazawa. We had around 2200 visitors! Our important quests were been major of the city Kanazawa and major of Region Ishikawa. We had publicity in local TV, radio news and in local newspaper.

Before coming to Japan I had in Prague visit from NHK – national state TV sender. The NHK made a short documentary about my work and live in the Czech Republic in a TV series Sekaini Hanasake! Nadeshikotachi. Shooting continued around two weeks, we spent together great time visiting my co-worker, teacher in different places. It was for me good experience. Thank you all for it!

The director of NHK documentary, Mrs. Ayaka Nagata, ask me complicate questions, it was not easy to find the right answers. Screening of Documentary held during exhibition, on the 2nd March.

Then I designed costume for Eliska Brtnicka for her solo acrobatic performance Enola. The first appearance was been on 9th February in Theatre NOD in Prague. The Enola is a fantastic acrobatic action with Japanese spirit and I can recommend it.

At least I helped to my friend Naoko Taniguchi with her solo puppet performance for children. She chose old Czech tale >>Georges and witless old scratch<(>web)

The Premiere held on 5th march. She will play at different places in all Japan.

And now I prepare stage design and puppets for my main performance Golem.

The Premiere will be on 5th June KAAT Theatre, Kanagawa Art Theatre in Japan! The Golem is a Japanese-Czech puppetry project in collaborate on of two directors, on the Japanese site with Mr. Tengai Amano and on the Czech side with Mrs. Zoja Mikotova. Next topic in my news will be for sure again Golem...


ファイル 237-1.jpgA happy New Year 2016! I wish you all the happiness and health! 2016 is in Chinese Zodiac the Year of Monkey!

I work now on different Project for Japan. First big event is collective Exhibition together with photographer Nohagi Naka with simple Name "Nohagi Naka × Yumi Hayashi". Exhibition will held from 3rd till 14th March 2016 in Shiinoki Cultural Complex, in Kanazawa. We prepared Exhibition Presentation on www.nohayumi.com. Short promotion video made Nohagi. The main goal of Exhibition is to present people and their life in Noto Region and in the Czech Republic. We speak by Nohagi's photos and my puppets.

Other important project is Japanese-Czech performance Golem. First appearance will be at 8th June 2016 in Theatre KAAT (Kanagawa Art Theatre) in my home city Yokohama.

Autumn News!!

ファイル 232-1.jpgファイル 232-2.jpgAutumn is again here and after long time I return to write short message in my blog.

In September we were been with director Mrs. Zoja Mikotova in Japan, where we prepare a new czech-japanese performance "Golem". First appearance will be held in June 2016 at the KAAT Theatre (Kanagawa Art Theatre) in Yokohama. For Mrs. Zoja it was first visit in Japan!

Now I´m preparing exhibition together with my fellow student Nohagi Naka in Kanazawa. After two years came Nohagi to Prague and we could prepare main organization. Nohagi is a great photographer, writer and illustrator, she could during the travel take a lot photos. You can see my puppets and her photos with story at the exhibition next year in march.

Summer News!!

ファイル 228-1.jpgファイル 228-2.jpgファイル 228-3.jpgファイル 228-4.jpgファイル 228-5.jpgDuring last months I worked like a Curator of Japanese culture events. In a period of 27th May till 3rd June Tokio Puppet Theatre Edo Ito Ayatsuri (now called Itsushiza) came to play in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Group of six Japanese puppeteers presented their art in the Theatre Alfa in Pilsen, Theatre Disk in Prague and Theatre Mala Scena in Bratislava (Slovakia).

Performances in Prague and in Bratislava supported Japanese ambassador Mr. Yamakawa (Czech Republic) and Mr. Egawa (Slovakia). In the Japanese Information Centre in Prague was held Lecture about Japanese puppetry. Japanese performances have been successful!

We will continue in our cultural co-work and we prepare for the next year Japanese-Czech Project GOLEM. Itsushi-za will work close together with small Czech theatre Group. The First Appearance of Performance Golem is planned for 8th June 2016 in my home City Yokohama. We started with first steps and we look forward to our collective project.

In the second June week came to Prague Mr.Yuichi Ito, Japanese animation movie director, film maker and professor at the Tokio State Art University. Mr. Ito gained first Price for the best animation movie and the Price of audience during Zlin Children Movie Festival in 2012. Mr. Ito is searching the way to cooperate with the Czech Film makers and Artists.

From 15th till 28th June was held the world wide biggest stage design event in the World - PQ – The Prague Quadrennial 2015 of Performance Design and Space. This important Stage design Exhibition visits every four years participants from more than 70 different countries worldwide.
I worked again for a Japanese Exhibition, helped with organization or translation in Czech or English. I cannot count, how much interesting people I met, but I’m happy for this great possibility and participation on this stage design celebration!

Now I can go back to my artistic work at home. I have to prepare objects for Kanazawa Exhibition (March 2016), Project Golem and start to go definitively to driving school. Have a nice summer!

Japan - April 2015

ファイル 223-1.jpgファイル 223-2.jpgファイル 223-3.jpgファイル 223-4.jpgファイル 223-5.jpgI worked in Japan for 17 days. We prepare with my colleague Nohagi Naka big exhibition, which starts next year on March in the beautiful ancient city Kanazawa.

Nohagi is a professional photographer, illustrator and magazine journalist. The next exhibition is one of the biggest during my career, I'd show not only my puppets,
but also other my work like masks, sculptures or illustrations.

Edo Ito Ayatsuri Theatre Tour in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, May/June 2015

Except my art work, I dedicate to organization of Edo Ito Ayatsuri Theatre Tour. Edo Ito Ayatsuri is the oldest japanese marionette puppet theatre in Tokio.

I'm very glad, such old traditional puppet theatre will shows their performances for first time in Prague, Pilsen and Bratislava.

Prague performance take place in Disk Theatre on 29.th May 2015, at 7pm (Karlova 26, Praha 1). Tickets are for free, but available only at the theatre box office.

Reservations are required. In the Slovakia you can see Edo Ito Ayatsuri in Bratislava, Malá scéna STU on 31.th May 2015, at 6pm. (Dostojevského rad 7, Bratislava). ( >web)

Performance in Alfa Theatre, Pilsen is however sold out.
Japanese Culture Center in Prague presents lecture of one of the best japanese marionetter Itsushi Youki on 2.nd June 2015 at 6pm (JICC, Hellichova 1, Praha 1).
Events of Edo Ito Ayatsuri are suported by the Embassy of Japan in Prague and Bratislava.

The first appearance of performance Mysterious Lake!!

ファイル 218-1.jpgファイル 218-2.jpgファイル 218-3.jpgファイル 218-4.jpgThe first appearance of performance Mysterious Lake was been on 16th April at the University Stony Brook, NY, USA.

The Order for design and producing of puppet I got from Japanese theatre director Izumi Ashizawa, which lives in the USA now 16 years. Here you can find her biography.The topic of performance about Japanese monster and supernatural beings is for me very interesting. It was not easy to explain to non-Japanese spectators. I started with work in mid-January; twice I flown to New York, I had to communicate a lot with skype and e-mail. I had less time and a lot work. Although I worked hardly every day, I couldn´t see finish, but now is performance on the world and I wish him success!

First and second Photo by Rick Burks

First appearance of the Performance „Diary of Anne Frank“

ファイル 214-1.jpgファイル 214-2.jpgファイル 214-3.jpgFirst appearance of the Performance „Diary of Anne Frank“ was held on 28th March 2015 at Slovácké divadlo in Uherské Hradiště. The performance dedicated to the story of Anne Frank remembers the 70th anniversary of End of WW2 and theater foundation in 1945.

Czech TV channel ČT24 shows short interviews during the premiere evening. >TV

Articles in the Czech Newspaper 01,02

Photos from theater

Mysterious Lake

ファイル 212-1.jpgファイル 212-2.jpgファイル 212-3.jpgファイル 212-4.jpgNow I´m preparing puppets for American performance "Mysterious Lake". On Sunday 8.th March 2015 I came back from the USA, where I stayed at Stony Brook State University (Long Island, NY).

I had to fight with many issues, started with different measurement units (feet) and finished with different material. I prepared in Prague special wooden connectors with inner diameter of 2 cm. But in the local shop I couldn't buy shafts with same diameter! I worked all time without break, I could´t see Manhattan, it was far away and everywhere lie snow!

I´m gonna fly back to the USA at 1st. April, I hope to see New York!
First appearance will be on 16.th April 2015. A lot of work is waiting, but I look forward to be there again!

Winter news

ファイル 207-1.jpgファイル 207-2.jpgNow I’m preparing puppets for performance “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Mysterious Lake”. Puppets are in human size with different technical details. I hope, I will be able to give off all at time!

During beginning of January we traveled with the director of performance “The Diary of Anne Frank” to Amsterdam, to visit her house “Achterhuis - Secret Annexe”, where she lived in the period 1942-44. The story I knew from books, I saw photos, but reality was stronger. The rooms were been smaller and darker! At beginning I didn’t want to touch topic of Anne Frank, but after reading of The Diary, I was happy for the opportunity to think about life with her and that I could intimately know her thoughts.

In American performance Mysterious Lake mixes present with ancient Japanese time. Here will again live Japanese monsters and mysterious animals. I like very much old Japanese stories and myths. Japanese water sprite “Kappa” or the fox “Inari” are my favorites.


ファイル 205-1.jpgHappy new year 2015! I wish you all one year of satisfaction and good healthy condition! Year 2015 is according chinese zodiac – year of the sheep. I was born in the year of the sheep and therefore this year is „my“ sheep year! I know, that I will work on a big projects and that I will for this reason a lot travel. I look forward to have a new experience, to work in new projects and to meet new interesting people. Sometimes I write here about my experience to share with you. Again, I wish you happy new year – akemashite omedetou!