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Figure 7. Costume for
Stephano. | Rendering
courtesy of Mitsuru
Ishii.

Ishii's design for
Mozart's Die
Zauberflote
incorporated
an impressive
collage of
religious
artifacts of
the world.

for Die Zauberflöte because Japanese
shops were not used to creating a set
that had so much dimensionality and no
straight lines. Back then, a tō-ryō (the
U.S. equivalent of a technical director)
had an absolute say in the realization of
a design, " and to convince an often-oldfashioned tō-ryō required considerable
people skills (Toki, 2020). Ishii is masterful at such skills, and his easy demeanor
and humble politeness, backed by formidable knowledge, certainly made it

possible for him to realize his design for
the opera.
More than $3 million was spent on
Die Zauberflöte, and 33 11-ton production trucks were used to transport the set
pieces from the shop to the theatre (Ishii,
2020). As if it were to demonstrate and
symbolize Japan's economic power, the
run was limited to only four performances. Ironically, the economic bubble burst
in the following year and Japan started
descending into a deep recession.

Ishii's fluid style allows him to work
with small performance groups as well
as behemoth companies, such as Johnny
& Associates, Inc. (A.K.A. Johnny's), the
most popular boy pop music group producing company in Japan. Set designs for
the commercial theatre are often large
and elaborate, and Ishii believes that the
sets need to entertain the audience as
much as performers do. The set design
for Johnny & Associates' production of
Shock did just that. Similar to that of Die

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