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Two scenes from Shock, which
incorporated numerous traditions. Figure
10 (top) shows the influence of Japanese
pop music while Figure 11 (bottom) uses
a traditional Japanese style. | Photos
courtesy of Mitsuru Ishii.

Zauberflöte, the design for Shock was
a mix of Japanese pop music, Western
(Figure 10), and traditional theatre
(Figure 11) styles. Despite the long recession, the popularity of Japan's pop music
culture never diminished, and Shock,
which has been revived every year in the
past 20 years, has had more than 1,800
performances.

Fusing Aesthetics

Patience and amenability are essential
disciplines in a collectivist society where

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the principle of harmony plays a large
part during the creative process. When
Ishii works on a prominent production
like Shock, he often has to compromise his original ideas for the good of
the company, make his design serve the
celebrities starring in the show and entertain the audience. In 1999, I had an
opportunity to assist Ishii and attended
a production meeting for Shock, where
I witnessed a brainstorming session like
I had never seen before. There were at
least 20 people at a long table, and they



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