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Figure 25. Scene from the 2014 Farusunotaifu production by the National Theatre of Japan. | Image courtesy of Mitsuru Ishii and used here by permission of the Bunraku-za
Company.

Figure 26. Scene from the 2014 Farusunotaifu production by the National Theatre of Japan. | Image courtesy of Mitsuru Ishii and used here by permission of
the Bunraku-za Company.

Japanese calligraphy that fuses poetry,
literature, and painting. One of the fundamental skills of shuji is to be able to
write a word with a brush dipped in ink
just once. To complete a word, a calligrapher must vary the pressure of the brush,
accentuating and softening certain parts
of the letter. It takes decades of practice
to master the technique and express the
calligrapher's emotion through one rhythmical motion. This art of harmonious

and philosophical expression epitomizes
Ishii's design as he sometimes presses
his ideas firmly onto his collaborators to
achieve his vision, and sometimes stands
back and stays agreeable for the sake
of harmony within the team, even if the
originality of his design has been compromised. In Western culture, the concept of harmony may seem an obstacle
or unrealistic for designers. Ralph Koltai,
once said, " Despite a production being a

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collaborative effort, the designer is a very
lonely animal ... For the designer to succeed requires a pronounced critical faculty, for he must also remain true to himself
as a creative artist ... in the final analysis
the decisions are his " (O'Brien, 2018).
Independence comes with a certain
degree of loneliness, and it might be this
solitude that gives Ishii a sense of freedom when he works with Western directors who respect Ishii's ideas and let him



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