FEATURE: Asakusa France-za theater: cradle of postwar pop culture in Japan

November 19, 2015 11:27 am 

TOKYO, Nov. 13 — Takeshi Kitano, an internationally known Japanese director and actor, recently revisited his life around 40 years ago when he was an apprentice comedian at a strip theater called Asakusa France-za in Tokyo's downtown district.

"I was often chewed out by strippers as the water I prepared for their bathing shows was too hot," Kitano, 68, recalled.

Hisayuki Matsukura, 79, owner of the theater that it has become a vaudeville house called Toyo-kan, greeted Kitano. "I didn't expect you to become this famous." (PNA/Kyodo)

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