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The neighborhood surrounding Yurakucho Station isn’t exactly starved for things to do. The Ginza is an area of intense competition for Tokyoites’ leisure time, hosting countless bars, eateries and shops, as well as theaters dedicated to traditional kabuki and the famed all-female Takarazuka Revue.

Still, Kazutoshi Tanuma saw an opportunity there. On July 7 he will open his Alternative Theatre, a “new cultural landmark” that seats 410 and has room for 52 standing. It’s decked out with state-of-the-art equipment that includes a fancy LED-filled ceiling, surround screens and a unique system allowing actors to “fly” into action from high above the auditorium.

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