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Retro Horror Radio: Live Ghost Story Readings

November 29, 2019

Stories and sounds of otherworldly Japan

Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the strange world of spooks, folklore and old-school horror with these readings of uncanny Japanese tales. The program features works from two of Japan’s biggest names in retro horror writing: Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) and Edogawa Ranpo (1894-1965). With acoustic music and sound accompaniment, this performance fuses the style of a live radio play with the spirit of folklore and stories made for sharing. Grab a drink, grab a beanbag and enjoy some slow-burn spinetingles.

Arisa Yura is an actor, writer, director and taiko drummer working extensively across theatre, film and television in Australia, Canada, USA and Japan. She is also an ensemble artist with Clockfire Theatre Company. Arisa has performed at various arts festivals around Australia with the show, Yasukichi Murakami: Through A Distant Lens by Mayu Kanamori. She also performed in the program for the Art Gallery of NSW’s 2016 exhibition, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon. Arisa recently wrote and performed her first play, Confessions of A Custard Melon Pan, at Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2019, where she was nominated for two Sydney Fringe Awards: Best in Theatre and Best Standout Actor of the Year.

(Image courtesy of Mayu Kanamori)

Terumi Narushima is a composer, performer and sound designer whose work has been featured at festivals in Australia and overseas, as well as on radio and television. She writes acoustic and electronic music with a focus on microtonal tuning, and is a core member of Clocks and Clouds, an ensemble featuring retuned instruments built by fellow composer-performer Kraig Grady. Terumi plays mainly keyboard instruments and has studied koto with Satsuki Odamura. She has also worked as a musician and sound designer for various film, theatre and dance collaborations. In addition, Terumi is a senior lecturer in music at the University of Wollongong, where her current research explores the development of microtonal flutes using 3D printing. Terumi serves on the Board of Directors for Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.

(Image courtesy of Mayu Kanamori)


From 6:15pm:

‘Diplomacy’ by Lafcadio Hearn
A condemned man swears to avenge his death.

‘The Human Chair’ by Edogawa Rampo
A woman receives a strange confession.

From 7:30pm:

‘Mujina’ by Lafcadio Hearn (in Japanese)
On a lonely night road, things are not always as they seem.

‘Earless Hoichi’ by Lafcadio Hearn (in Japanese)
A priest hatches a plan to save a blind man from evil spirits.

This event is part of the HORROR MANGA JAPAN event program and is related to the exhibition, RETRO HORROR: Supernatural and the Occult in Postwar Japanese Manga, on at The Japan Foundation, Sydney from October 18, 2019 to January 24, 2020.

English stories kindly provided by Tuttle and NewSouth Books.



November 29, 2019 (Friday)
6:15pm (English) &
7:30pm (日本語/Japanese)
Approx. 1 hour per session

Free; no RSVP required.
Capacity limited.

Come for the English, stay for the Japanese!

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008


(02) 8239 0055

Top image: ‘Yuki Onna’ by Hideshi Hino.
Features in the exhibition, RETRO HORROR: Supernatural and the Occult in Postwar Japanese Manga.

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Oct 18 – 24, 2019

Horror Manga Japan

Event Program
The Japan Foundation, Sydney

Oct 2 – 23, 2019

Grief and Vengeance:
Otherworldly Tales

JFF Classics Film Screenings
Art Gallery of NSW

Nov 2, 2019 – Mar 8, 2020


Art Gallery of NSW

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