A revue of Japan's femininity

Sep 4, 2014

A revue of Japan's femininity

by Matthew Larking

Ichizo Kobayashi (1873-1957) was the founder of the West Japan Hankyu train line and department store in Osaka’s central Umeda district. Arguably his most significant artistic contribution was the establishment of the Takarazuka Music School in 1913, which combined a modern education with the ...

Takarazuka dances to a different tune

Nov 27, 2013

Takarazuka dances to a different tune

by Mika Eglinton

What happens when Takarazuka, Japan’s longest-running all-female theater troupe, takes on Masayuki Suo’s hit movie “Shall We Dance?,” which won 14 Japanese Academy Awards in 1996 and aired internationally in 16 countries? There must have been tremendous pressure for director Naoko Koyanagi to adapt ...

Star Troupe's top <em>otokoyaku</em> star speaks out

Apr 14, 2013

Star Troupe's top otokoyaku star speaks out

by Mark Buckton

Ahead of their current Taiwan tour, Yuzuki Reon, the current top otokoyaku (male-role actress) with the Takarazuka Revue, took time out between rehearsals at the city-center Tokyo Takarazuka Theater to share with readers of The Japan Times something of her view from such a ...

Mar 31, 2010

40 budding stars pass Takarazuka exam

KOBE (Kyodo) Forty young ladies on Tuesday passed the final entrance exam of the prestigious Takarazuka Music School in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, with successful candidates rejoicing as they found their exam number on the notice board. One in 26 applicants passed the highly competitive ...

Fans make troupe phenomenon it is

| Jun 23, 2009

Fans make troupe phenomenon it is

by Kanako Takahara

Takarazuka Revue Co., Japan’s all-female musical troupe, is a love-it or hate-it theatrical landmark. Some just can’t take the heavy makeup and sugary plot lines. But enthusiasts, mostly women, wholeheartedly devote their money, time and energy to the troupe just like teen groupies chasing ...

40 pass test to enter Takarazuka

Mar 31, 2009

40 pass test to enter Takarazuka

KOBE (Kyodo) The Takarazuka Music School announced Monday that 40 girls passed its highly competitive entrance exam to receive training to become a member of the famous all-female acting troupe. “I’ll do my best to become a star,” said Fumiko Marubashi, 18, a Saitama ...

Takarazuka groupies do it by the book

May 7, 2004

Takarazuka groupies do it by the book

by Kanako Takahara

Akiko Okawara, 37, comes to Tokyo Takarazuka Theater almost every day to catch a stage-door glimpse of Sumire Haruno, a top star who plays a male role in the Takarazuka all-female theater troupe, even when she is not taking in the show. “It’s because ...