Sunday, August 23, 2015

CELEBRATING A NEW PLAY! Writer Hiroyasu Yamaura Hosts a Party in Kawasaki!

Shuwatch! Ultraman fans join writer Hiroyasu Yamaura (front row, second from right) in striking Ultraman's Specium Ray pose.

Tonight I attended an after-party celebration for a new stage play by famed screenwriter Hiroyasu Yamaura. Yamaura-san was in great spirits after a successful performance. The cast and crew joined fans and had a great time mingling with one another.

Yamaura-san signs my The Genesis of Ultraman 1966-1980 book. Photo by Brett Homenick.

Yamaura-san wrote several episodes of many Tsuburaya programs, but the most notable were Ultra Q (1966) and Ultra Seven (1967-68). Naturally, I asked him to sign my The Genesis of Ultraman 1966-1980 book, which he enjoyed thumbing through. Several tokusatsu fans gathered around during this time, and we took several group shots together.

I hadn't seen Yamaura-san since June, so it was a great opportunity to catch up. While I wasn't able to see the play (it sold out before I could reserve tickets), Yamaura-san invited me to attend the after-party celebration. Suffice it to say, I was only too happy to accept.

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