Tokyo Performance

Tokyo Performance

by Roger Pulvers

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Tokyo Performance, set in the pre-internet age, brilliantly captures the zeitgeist of Japan at the time. In this riveting, entertaining and wholly poignant tale, a Japanese celebrity, whilst live on air, receives a phone call that will change his life forever.

Nori, a high profile Tokyo-based celebrity chef with his own weekly television show, is famous and beloved and he knows it – but he’s about to put in his strangest performance.

Award-winning writer, playwright and director, Roger Pulvers, brings his love and deep fascination for Japanese culture to Tokyo Performance, a funny and, at times, tragic story, which explores the cost of fame.


‘Roger Pulvers’ recollections of life in Japan are bound to become a part of Japan’s national heritage.’

Ryuichi Sakamoto, musician and composer

‘By ingeniously blending TV narration with a stark and revealing stream of consciousness, Pulvers’ Tokyo Performance connects you with the moment while highlighting the bizarre polarity of celebrity, arrogance and decay.’

Alex Pearl, author of Sleeping with the Blackbirds

‘Few Japanese intellectuals have absorbed Japanese culture to the extent that Pulvers has. If there were no Pulvers, Japan would be a much less interesting country!’

Seigo Matsuoka, editor, author and professor

  • Roger Pulvers
    About Roger Pulvers:
    Roger Pulvers is an author, playwright, theatre director, and translator. He has published more than 50 books in Japanese and English, including novels, essays, plays, and poetry. Helping make Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, and befriending David Bowie brought him back to Japan and inspired him to become the award-winning and prolific author, playwright, film director he is today. His recent novel, Hoshizuna Monogatari (Star Sand), which he wrote in Japanese, was published by Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher, in 2015 and subsequently in English and French in 2016 and 2017 respectively. It was released as a film, directed by him, in 2017.

    A full list of the author's publications can be downloaded here as a PDF file.