“Butoh is a struggle so that [the] audience may feel some direct experience or existence, without saying or expressing that explicitly. We experience hidden histories on the stage. Ugly is beauty; beauty is ugly.”
—Butoh artist Kaoru Okumura, who performed Orasho – the Prayers of Nagasaki at the Seattle International Butoh Festival in early April. She performed alongside artwork by Yukio Kawano, who created her “Fat Man” atomic bomb out of kimonos owned by her grandmother, a survivor of the atomic bomb attacks on Japan during War World II, and stitched it together with strands of her own hair.