Introduction

In this play, one man realizes a group of people he thought were simply strangers is actually stuck to his body. Over time, they get inside his body and start taking control, so that he begins to act and speak unwittingly. Although previously employed at a large metropolitan insurance company, the man has now completely shut himself off from society, locked up in his room. Like Karatachi Nikki (the first play in the chindonya series), Springtime in the North (『北国の春』) was written around 40 years ago by Nobuo Kazawa. In Tadashi Suzuki’s staging of Karatachi, chindonya musicians tell a tale based on a famous historical incident. In Springtime , they provide accompaniment for their own family drama, featuring a social critique that surfaces through the psychosomatic plight of the son. The performance could be described as a character portrait of one who has lost a sense of himself in society: a youth in the midst of an identity crisis.