May 16, 2011

Chibli's Vertuoso, Kazuo Oga, is the Art Director of the Warabi-za Play!

Omoide Poroporo (おもいでぽろぽろ) is a new musical play of Warabi-za Theater Company, which is based on a Ghibli Studio Animation. The original animated film was written and directed by Isao Takahata.

The art director was an Akita native, Kazuo Oga, who has created many artworks for the Ghibli works including Princess Mononoke, Totoro, and Omoide Poroporo. Now once again after 20 years, he created artworks for the same story - now for the Warabi-za! He says, “I did not expect another chance to paint safflowers ever again. I am looking forward to the musical version.”

Tazawako Art Village (where the Warabi-za Theater is located) has been hosting small exhibitions of Mr. Oga’s works at Onsen Yupopo. Also, in recent years, Mr. Oga has been designing labels for some bottles of Tazawako Beer.

He also designed a special beer label commemorating the Omoide Poroporo production that commemorates the Warabi-za’s 60th anniversary!

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