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Luther drama in Japan

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a professor at Japan Lutheran College, Tokyo, will tell the story of Martin Luther using the form of traditional Japanese Noh drama. Dating from the 14th century, Noh features heroic themes, masks, music and stylized acting. Toshifumi Uemura's first October 2010 performance at Minoridai Church in Chiba, a Japanese Evangelical Lutheran Church congregation, featured Luther answering questions about salvation and dancing to the words of "A Mighty Fortress." A February 2012 performance in Kyoto also showed the spirit of Luther celebrating the 1999 "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification."


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