Afraid of Troubles - Cannot Have Luck

  • Photo: Yoshiyasu Hattori


With a 45-year history since its foundation, Theater Urinko is a Nagoya company that specializes in productions for children and youth. It takes its name from the Japanese word urinko, meaning "wild boar piglet." The company holds over 450 performances each year at its own dedicated theater and at schools, bringing the joy of theater to many children in the Tokai region for quite some time.

For their new work at Aichi Triennale 2019, they will perform the play Afraid of Troubles - Cannot Have Luck by Russian children's author Samuil Marshak, who is best known for Twelve Months. The production invites Motoi Miura of the theater company Chiten--who worked with Theater Urinko on Otogizōshi/Gikyoku (The fairy tale book of Dazai Osamu: a drama) in 2010--as director, and media artist Ryota Kuwakubo as set designer. This is a fantastic production that makes masterful use of light and shadow, the story unfurling with the spell "Misery, suffering, unhappiness, who will happiness come to?" (The Japanese title is taken from the second half of this spell--"who will happiness come to?".) Is one person's happiness possible only when someone else takes on their unhappiness? This is an exceptional parable play with the wit and humor to match the world it constructs, sure to entertain children and adults alike.

Theater Urinko

  • Founded 1973 in Aichi, Japan
  • Based in Aichi, Japan

Selected Works & Awards

2013 Crime and Punishment, Urinko Theater, Aichi, Japan
2010 Otogizōshi/Gikyoku (The fairy tale book of Dazai Osamu: a drama), Urinko Theater, Aichi, Japan
1993 Summer Breeze from the Lid, Nagoya City Performing Arts Center, Aichi, Japan
1988 Kenji MiyazawaーAthletic Meet, Urinko Theater, Aichi, Japan
1979 Adventurers, Nagoya Citizens’ Auditorium, Aichi, Japan


  • Born 1973 in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Based in Kyoto, Japan
  • Photo: Hisaki Matsumoto

Miura Motoi is a representative, and the director, of Chiten. He spent two years in Paris as part of the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs' Artist Overseas Training program. Upon his return to Japan in 2001, Miura got up and running with Chiten, which moved from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2005. Representative works include Chekhov's Three Sisters, and Jelinek's Kein Licht (No light) and Sports Play. In 2013 Chiten opened the studio Under-Throw. He has been the recipient of many awards, including: The Kyoto City Award for New Artists in 2011; and the Yomiuri Theater Award Special Jury Prize in 2017. His publications include: Omoshirokereba OK ka? Gendai Engekikō (Is just being interesting OK?: A meditation on contemporary theater, Goryu Books) , and Yappari Higeki Datta. "Wakaranai" Engeki e no Omāju (Iwanami Shoten).

Selected Works & Awards

2017 24th Yomiuri Theater Award, Tokyo, Japan, Special Jury Prize
2015 Three Sisters, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Kanagawa, Japan
2012 Kein Licht, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Kyoto City Award for New Artists, Kyoto, Japan, Kyoto City Award for New Artists


  • Born 1971 in Tochigi, Japan
  • Based in Gifu and Tokyo, Japan
  • Courtesy of New Indian Express

Kuwakubo Ryota is an artist, and Associate Professor at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS). After studying contemporary art, he started creating work using electronics from 1998. His unique style, "device art," emerged from work that takes a close-up view of phenomena arising at the various boundaries between digital and analog, human and machine, information transmitters and receivers, etc. Since his installation The Tenth Sentiment, first exhibited in 2010, Kuwakubo has focused on work of a kind in which visitors weave their own experience. He is also active as a member of Perfektron, an art unit exploring life themes and experimentation.

Selected Works & Awards

2017 Based in Gifu and Tokyo, Japan
2016 Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2016, Garden in Movement, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014, Whorled Explorations, Kochi, India
2013 Mono no Aware, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2011 Ways of Worldmaking, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2004 Nam June Paik Award 2004, Phoenixhalle, Dortmund, Germany



Dates Sat, Sep 21, 14:00
Sun, Sep 22, 11:00
Duration 80 min
Language Japanese


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Photo: Masahiro Hasunuma


Ticket prices Adults ¥3,000
U25 ¥2,000
U18 ¥1,000
Note This program is available to children below school age. Please purchase U18 tickets.
Admission is free for children if they sit on the lap of a parent or guardian.
Childcare Services Available for all programs. Details will be announced in July.


Toyota City Cultural Hall


12-100, Kozakamachi, Toyota, Aichi


・15 minutes on foot from Toytashi Station on the Meitetsu Mikawa Line or Shin-Toyota Station on the Aichi Loop Railway.
・1 minutes on foot from Shiminbunkakaikan-mae Bus Stop on the Meitetsu Bus.
・Approximately 15 minutes from the Toyota I.C. of the Tomei Expressway.
・Approximately 20 minutes from the Toyota Higashi I.C. of the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway.