ステージ

■ a stage, a step in a process
■ a stage, as in a theatre
■ a performance


a stage, a step in a process


Photo: Brian Chandler
In technical writing, this is used as a loan from English, with the meaning of 段階(だんかい) or 過程(かてい). I know of nothing remarkable about this particular usage.

a stage, as in a theatre (舞台(ぶたい))

Again, this is a simple, common loan word, with the same meaning as in English.

a performance

This is where the Japanese word parts company with its English origin. ステージ is used to refer to a performance, or as a counter word for performances of a work. Dictionary support for this is found in カタカナ語辞典(小学館), where after listing the meaning as 舞台、演壇 it says 転じて、そこで行われる劇やショーなど.

In performances of popular music, this meaning of ステージ is equivalent to the English "set," that is, a series of songs performed one after another.

This is one of those popular katakana words whose Japanese usage is somewhat inscrutable to an English speaker. Nissan showrooms appear to be divided into two classes, the one not shown in the photograph being similarly "Red Stage." There is no obvious significance to this.

□ 「四ステージあるからね。」 (Heard firsthand)
The producer of a musical to the (amateur) chorus, referring to the fact that there are four performances, or strictly three performances and a dress rehearsal (ゲネプロ) open to school children and various hangers-on.

表参道にあるカフェ「ロータス」にてシークレットライブが行われた。「ロータス」は東京でも屈指の人気カフェで、その地下のフロアが会場。……といっても小さいステージがあるだけで、席数も30ちょっとといったところか。... 計3ステージで演奏された曲は"Lotus Isle" "Rain Forest" "Sus-pecte" "Jelly" "Greamy Thighs" "Ave Maria"その他。(Web, January 2002)
(In the above concert review, the first ステージ means the place where the performers stand or sit and the second ステージ means "set (of songs)."


This entry was created by Brian Chandler, with additional contributions by Tom Gally.


Created 2002-01-16. Double ステージ example added by TG 2002-01-18.

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